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Protesters link arms outside Hamilton Hall barricading students inside the building at Columbia University, despite an order to disband the protest encampment supporting Palestinians or face suspension, during the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in New York City, U.S., April 30, 2024.

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US campuses and Arab world protest over Gaza

Pro-Palestine protests on US college campuses continue to make headlines. At Columbia University, where students have been camped out on the university lawns for over a week demanding the school divest from Israel, students broke into and occupied a building on campus last night -- the very same hall that was occupied during the Vietnam War protests in 1968. They have also spread their encampment onto a second lawn on campus.

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Pro-Palestine protesters hold placards expressing their opinion as they participate in a sit-in demonstration at New York University.

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Campuses in crisis vs. Capitol Hill calm

Across the US, college students have been protesting, sleeping outside, and even getting arrested for trying to force their schools to divest from companies with ties to Israel. Meanwhile, it's been business as usual on Capitol Hill, where the Senate approved a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan late Tuesday. The bill, which includes $17 billion in wartime assistance to Israel plus $9 billion for humanitarian aid in Gaza, is now heading for President Joe Biden's desk, where it is expected to be signed.

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