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Pro-Palestine demonstrations held at universities across Türkiye

Students hold rallies, chant slogans condemning Israel’s genocide in Gaza

Faruk Zorlu  | 28.05.2024 - Update : 28.05.2024
Pro-Palestine demonstrations held at universities across Türkiye


Students demonstrated Tuesday at universities across Türkeye to protest Israel's attacks against the Gaza Strip. 

At Istanbul University's campus in the Avcilar district, students voice condemnation of a recent attack on a camp in Rafah in southern Gaza.

Nurettin Ozel, speaking on behalf of the group, denounced the bombardment of innocent civilians seeking refuge in Rafah as a "grave violation of humanity."

In the Zeytinburnu district of the metropolis, students who are members of the Türkiye-based Anadolu Youth Association (AGD), gathered outside the campus of Biruni University and protested the attack on Rafah.

Fatih Karagul, the head of the AGD Istanbul Universities Commission, reiterated the group’s commitment to the Palestinian cause and emphasized solidarity with the oppressed.

Students from Gaziantep University gathered in that city with Turkish and Palestinian flags at the central cafeteria to denounce Israel's aggression in Rafah.

Abdulkadir Goregen, coordinator of the Türkiye Youth Foundation (TUGVA) at the school, condemned Israel's continuous atrocities against Palestinians.

At Mus Alparslan University, academics and students marched to protest the attacks on Palestine. Led by the rector and faculty members, they expressed solidarity with Gazans.

Meanwhile, at Ankara Medipol University, students assembled in the central courtyard and displayed banners that condemned Israel's attacks and expressed support for the Palestinian cause.

Law student Muhammed Onur Gezgin highlighted Israel's recent attack on civilians in Rafah.

At Izmir Katip Celebi University, students organized a bicycle tour across campus to protest Israel.

Youth Thought, Idea, Art, and Civilization Society members continued a vigil at the Gaza Solidarity Tent, vowing to keep the Palestinian plight in the spotlight.

Mahmut Salih Kocak, one of the students, emphasized the protesters’ enduring commitment to raising awareness about the injustices Palestinians face.

Israel launched an airstrike Sunday on a camp for displaced people in Rafah that killed at least 45 people, mostly women and children.

Israeli tanks have been seen in central Rafah for the first time, signaling a new phase of its brutal offensive in which more than 36,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed and over 80,000 injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities in Tel Aviv’s onslaught against Gaza.

The assault has pushed 85% of Gaza’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60% of the enclave's infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Norway, Spain and Ireland formally recognized Palestine as a state on Tuesday, in what Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described as a "historical decision."

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