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Pro-Palestinian protesters call for ceasefire before Yale’s 323rd commencement

Before the commencement began, a group of students gathered on the New Haven Green across from the ceremony to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Mark Sudol and Robyn Karashik

May 20, 2024, 11:46 AM

Updated 28 days ago

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Yale University hosted its 323rd commencement ceremony on Monday in New Haven.
The celebration came in the wake of pro-Palestinian protests on campus. Before the commencement began, a group of students gathered on the New Haven Green across from the ceremony to call for a ceasefire and urged the university to divest from companies arming Israel.
“I think there have been important dialogues on campus, and I think Yale is a place to learn, to challenge and to talk about hard things,” said Sahil Mane, a Yale undergraduate student.
In April, more than 50 police officers moved pro-Palestinian protesters from an encampment at the heart of Yale's campus. The university said it fully supports peaceful protests and freedom of speech, but to a point.
“This is not a unique moment in higher education. You know, we've always had sharp political disagreements that people felt like they should deal with in different ways,” said Adam Flaherty, a Yale graduate student.
Inside the ceremony there were some pro-Palestinian signs being held up.
The group of protesters have cooperated with police. There were no arrests as of Monday morning.


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