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6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World

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6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World
6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World

Celebrity culture thrives on the constant exposure facilitated by social media. Stars are almost expected to share glimpses of their lives with their fans. 

But, amidst this digital frenzy, some celebrities stand out not for what they reveal but for what they protect: the privacy of their children. 

While it’s inevitable that paparazzi capture fleeting moments of their offspring, these select individuals are resolute against oversharing on social media. 

In today’s world where every detail is scrutinized, these celebrities prioritize their children’s privacy above all else.

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World

1. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Photo Credit: Dave Allocca | Starpix (Shutterstock) on People Magazine

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are committed to protecting their children’s privacy. They refrain from sharing their daughters’ images online until they can consent.

Eva’s candid statement on Instagram reinforces respecting children’s boundaries. She said that due to her children’s young age and lack of comprehension, she refrains from posting without their consent. She will only share their images when they can provide informed consent. 

Their parenting style serves as a significant model for others. Their emphasis on their daughters’ privacy and independence shows they understand the consequences of sharing personal details online.

2. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fischer are adamant about providing their children with a normal childhood. By limiting their kids’ social media exposure, the couple shields them from undue scrutiny. 

Fisher expressed her desire for her children to enjoy a carefree upbringing. She wants their children to live like normal kids. She wants them to play outside without scrutiny or pressure. 

All kids have the right to be normal children. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fischer’s commitment to shielding their children is something to be looked upon. 

3. Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss
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Ryan Cabrera and Alexa Bliss have been strategic in protecting their little girl’s privacy. 

After welcoming their daughter Hendrix Rouge in November 2023, they have kept her face off social media. They cover her face with emojis and other creative placements, ignoring backlash from critics. 

By covering her face with creative placements, they’ve shielded her from unwanted attention and criticism. 

As parents, their child’s well-being is a top priority over public scrutiny. This allows Hendrix to grow up without the constant exposure that often comes with celebrity status.

4. Rumer Willis

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World Rumer Willis
Photo Credit: Jon Kopaloff (FilmMagic) on Hollywood Reporter

Rumer Willis faced mom-shaming when she posted photos of her daughter Lou without showing her face. Despite the criticism, Rumer chose to focus on her growth and experiences in 2023. 

She emphasized personal development, sobriety, and self-love while respecting her daughter’s privacy.  

Rumer’s resilience serves as a reminder that parenting decisions are deeply personal. Each family finds the balance between sharing moments and safeguarding privacy uniquely.

5. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Photo Credit: Alberto Rodriguez (Getty) on People

 Ashton Kutcher explained that he and Mila Kunis refrain from sharing photos of their children publicly. Despite their careers in the public eye, they believe their kids should choose whether they want to be exposed online. 

Kutcher emphasized that their children’s private lives should remain just that—private. They shouldn’t be subject to potential misuse or exploitation.

6. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

6 Celebrities That Deny to Show Their Children to The World George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Photo Credit: David Fischer (Shutterstock) on Us Magazine

Paparazzi have photographed George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s twin son and daughter, but they don’t actively share their kids’ faces on social media. 

Their choice to maintain privacy allows their children to grow up without constant scrutiny. By shielding them from the spotlight, they focus on their well-being and normalcy over fame.

Choosing not to Sharent is a Conscious Parenting Decision

These celebrities show that parenting decisions around privacy and social media are deeply personal. 

Each family tries to find this delicate balance in their unique way. This means considering respecting children’s autonomy and safeguarding their digital identities. 

As parents, they recognize that their children’s lives are not theirs to give away. Allowing their kids to choose their level of exposure empowers them to shape their narratives as they grow and develop. 

By limiting their kids’ exposure to social media, they create a protective bubble where their children can enjoy a carefree upbringing.

Des Moines protesters demand Gaza ceasefire, aid for Palestinians

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Gathering outside the Neal Smith Federal Building on Thursday afternoon, approximately 100 individuals joined forces, urging state and national government officials to advocate for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza. Organized by the Catholic Peace Ministry and the local Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) chapter, this demonstration in downtown Des Moines coincides with a wave of pro-Palestinian protests sweeping through college campuses nationwide, including two major public institutions in Iowa.

Last week, residents joined students on the Iowa State University campus in calling on the institution to sever ties with Collins Aerospace, an Iowa-based weapons manufacturer supplying arms to Israel. A similar three-day demonstration conveying analogous messages also took place at the University of Iowa.

During Thursday’s protest, participants demanded officials refrain from approving military aid to Israel and instead prioritize humanitarian relief aid for Palestinians, who they argue are disproportionately affected by the Israel-Hamas conflict. Holding up signs with messages like “stop the genocide” and “complicity is murder,” they directly addressed U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, shouting, “How many kids did you kill today?”

According to the United Nations, out of the 34,151 Palestinians killed in Gaza, 14,685 are children and 9,670 are women. Another 77,084 have been injured, with more than 7,000 believed to be trapped under rubble.

Des Moines Register reporters observed several law enforcement agents, including two Des Moines police officers, stationed outside the building near rally attendees. Inside the federal building on 210 Walnut St., a group of about 10 to 15 protesters presented their demands to congressional staff along with a list of names of Palestinian children killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Luke Clausen, representing the Catholic Peace Ministry (CPM), reported that despite speaking with representatives from Grassley and Ernst’s offices, they still felt unheard. Clausen argued that any opposition to aiding “the people who need it the most” is simply “cruel.”

The group split, with some occupying the senators’ offices upstairs while others remained downstairs. Clausen disclosed that he and others were detained by federal officers and issued citations for disturbing the peace. Officers warned against re-entering the building, citing potential arrest for trespassing.

Kathleen McQuillen, another CPM member, informed that they refused to leave until the senators called for a ceasefire. Moments of silence were interspersed with songs and chants to honor the children killed in Israeli attacks, while passing drivers honked in solidarity.

Last month, President Joe Biden signed a $95 billion foreign aid package, allocating nearly 41% to support Israel, including restocking missile defense systems and providing humanitarian relief for Gaza. Biden halted the shipment of 3,500 bombs to Israel amid concerns of their use in a potential military operation in Rafah, home to over a million refugees.

Protester Samantha Carey, holding a list of names of deceased youths, voiced support for grieving families and orphaned children in Gaza. She emphasized the importance of the cause to humanity.

George Washington University: Parents voice concern over clash

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Parents of George Washington University (GW) students expressed their frustration Wednesday afternoon following a confrontation between police and protesters on campus earlier that morning.

They called for the resignation of two top administrators: university president Ellen Granberg and provost Christopher Bracey.

“[Granberg] is giving false information to parents who are not involved, telling them that all attempts by the organization to talk to students have failed. This is not true,” one parent said. “Because she refused to talk to the students every time, that’s why we’re asking for her resignation.”

The parents were joined by professors and faculty from other DMV universities, including American University and George Mason University, who expressed solidarity with the students and frustration with the way the student protesters were treated.

“The Ellen Granbergs of this world represent and support this genocide and are willing to trample on the rights of their students in the name of allowing this genocide to continue,” one American university faculty member said during a press conference. “We support the basic demands of our students. We support the parents demanding the resignation of Provost Bracey and President Granberg. We support the cause of a free Palestine to boycott sales and sanctions.”

Parents emphasized their support for their children and the pro-Palestinian protesters. “Students are the conscience of our nation. They are the moral compass of this society and hold up a mirror to our politics,” said Barbara Wien. “I’m a GW parent and I teach at American University and I stayed in the camp with the students. They were democratic, they were peaceful.”

George Washington University students have expressed concern that the graduation ceremony is disrupting pro-Palestinian protests. “I myself have family in Gaza and like many others I have been completely disturbed by what is happening in Gaza in the first place in the completely fabricated genocide there which has been from the very beginning about the collective punishment of the people of Gaza,” said Dr. Amrmad Kour, faculty member at GW. “I was so moved by what our students at GW were able to produce in terms of a peaceful, well-disciplined and well-organized protest on our campus.”

Organizers of the news conference said a letter had been sent to the GW board of trustees condemning university officials for their “botched response” that led to the “unnecessary and dangerous” police raid on students.

One parent expressed regret for sending their child to GW. “Why did we send our students to GW? Because it’s one of the most respected educational institutions in the country,” she said. “We assumed they would [find] the best educators, the best education, and the best treatment, and not have hypocritical administrators who threaten them. Do you think we would ever send our children somewhere where we have even a single doubt? that they will be in danger. Of course they would No.”

”We will no longer remain silent,” said parents at a briefing on Wednesday. They said at least 79 parents have signed a letter sent to GW’s board of trustees and are awaiting a response from the university.

Poll reveals 67 percent Americans concerned about campus protests

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A recent survey reveals that more than two-thirds of Americans harbor fears of pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses turning violent.

Released on Wednesday, the poll found that nearly 32 percent of respondents are “very concerned” about the prospect of violence, with just over 35 percent expressing “somewhat concern.”

The protests, advocating for a cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, have sparked unrest on college campuses nationwide for nearly three weeks. Demonstrators are demanding universities and the U.S. government sever ties with Israel.

While around 15 percent of those surveyed claim to be “not very concerned,” and 14 percent state they are “not at all concerned,” approximately 3 percent remain undecided, stated the poll conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University.

Conducted from April 30 to May 3 among 1,000 registered voters, the USA Today and Suffolk University survey carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Since the inception of the major encampment at Columbia University about three weeks ago, over 1,000 individuals, including students and faculty, have been arrested.

While some protests have been peaceful, tensions have recently escalated, resulting in clashes between protesters, law enforcement, and counterprotesters. Several colleges have called in law enforcement to dismantle encampments or disperse building takeovers, citing disruptions to campus activities.

Incidents such as the seizure of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and violent altercations at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have drawn attention. Last week, more than 200 UCLA students were arrested following clashes with police.

President Biden has condemned acts of vandalism and trespassing at some demonstrations while defending the right to peaceful protest. Concerns have also been raised regarding the proliferation of antisemitic rhetoric and the safety of Jewish students, although protest groups have contested these characterizations.

There is a notable divergence in views between Republicans and Democrats regarding the motives and beliefs of the protesters.

The survey reveals that approximately 64 percent of Republicans perceive the demonstrations as reflecting antisemitism, compared to only 22 percent of Democrats. Conversely, about 57 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans believe the protesters’ motives do not reflect antisemitism.

Conducted from April 30 to May 3 among 1,000 registered voters, the USA Today/Suffolk University survey carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Dublin antiwar protest encampment taken down after college commits to divestment

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Students opposed to the Gaza war began dismantling their protest camp at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland on Wednesday evening, following the institution’s agreement to divest from three Israeli companies identified by the United Nations for their connections to settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Trinity announced plans to divest as early as next month, with its endowment fund also seeking to divest from investments in other Israeli companies in the future. In a statement released Wednesday evening, the college expressed solidarity with the students and condemned violence and war, including recent atrocities and the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The statement, approved by the college’s board, acknowledged the peaceful protest organized by the student union and its branch of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (B.D.S.) movement. This demonstration coincided with pro-Palestinian sit-ins and protests against antisemitism at other European universities, echoing actions seen in the United States.

Jenny Maguire, incoming president of Trinity’s student union, contrasted the calm scene at the college’s Fellow’s Square, where students were dismantling flags and tents, with the police intervention seen at some U.S. universities. Trinity, she emphasized, rejected such tactics.

Prof. Eoin O’Sullivan, who led the college’s negotiation team, praised the productive discussions and credited the students for their role. Support for the Palestinian cause runs deep in Ireland, where many draw parallels between Israel’s occupation and British colonialism. Ireland, alongside Spain, is among the EU’s strongest advocates for Palestine, with both prime ministers expressing intent to recognize a Palestinian state when appropriate.

Protesting students welcomed the college’s concessions, including the establishment of a working group to assess future involvement with Israeli entities and support for students from Gaza. The protest’s disruption led to the closure of the renowned Book of Kells exhibition, a major source of revenue for the college.

Professor O’Sullivan indicated that the review of Trinity’s ties with Israel and the broader Middle East would likely resemble recent assessments of the college’s colonial legacy, which resulted in renaming a library formerly dedicated to philosopher Bishop George Berkeley, a Trinity graduate and former slave owner.

Police disband Gaza protest camp at George Washington University

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Police in Washington, DC, broke up a student protest camp at George Washington University, one of several tent camps set up on campuses across the country in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it had “moved to disperse” the protesters on Wednesday morning due to the “gradual escalation in the volatility of the protest”, without giving further details.

Arrests were made during the operation for Assault on a Police Officer and Trespassing, although the exact number was not released by the department.

Citing an unnamed police source, CNN reported that approximately 30 to 40 people had been arrested.

The Gaza encampment at George Washington University is one of many similar sites set up around the world since late April to protest Israel’s actions in the besieged Palestinian territory.

Students in the US, Canada, UK, France and elsewhere are demanding an end to the Israeli military offensive that has claimed nearly 35,000 Palestinian lives since early October.

Among other demands, they also call on their universities to divest from companies involved in human rights abuses in Israel.

The arrests at George Washington University reflect a broader trend of police crackdowns on college campuses across the US, including Columbia University, the University of Chicago and UCLA.

University administrators accused the pro-Palestinian protesters of using anti-Semitic language and creating an unsafe campus environment.

But the students refute the claims, saying they are meant to divert attention from the situation in Gaza.

Mariam, a protesting Jewish student at George Washington University, told Al Jazeera last week: “It’s meant to distract from the genocide in Gaza and distract from our demands.

US politicians, including President Joe Biden, a staunch supporter of Israel, have condemned the camps in Gaza.

Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on the response to the George Washington University camp.

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Pamela Smith are expected to speak at the hearing.

Over 130 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UMass

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UMass students participate in an encampment in support of Palestine Monday morning, April 29, 2024.

More than 130 protesters were detained on the UMass Amherst campus Tuesday night for allegedly refusing to dismantle a pro-Palestinian camp, police said.

Despite orders from the authorities, the protesters refused to dismantle what the university considered an “unauthorized, fortified camp”. Police in riot gear surrounded barricaded tents set up by students earlier in the day and began making arrests around 8:00 p.m.

As of Wednesday morning, 109 people had been formally enrolled, with approximately 25 others facing charges, according to school officials.

UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes spoke to the campus community after the arrests, expressing disappointment that protesters rejected opportunities for resolution through civil discourse. He bemoaned the necessity of resorting to arrest despite attempts at dialogue.

Following a communication from Chancellor Javier Reyes emphasizing the numerous avenues available to resolve the encampment peacefully, arrests were made. These avenues included dialogues between Reyes and protest representatives, as well as a message conveyed by the UMass Demonstration Response and Safety Team.

Stephen Karam, chairman of the UMass board of trustees, issued a statement expressing the board’s unequivocal backing for Chancellor Javier Reyes. “We have complete confidence in his leadership, integrity, and dedication to our students,” Karam affirmed.

In an earlier communication, Reyes conveyed disappointment that demonstrators declined opportunities for continued civil discourse to reconcile differences and refused to dismantle their encampment. Despite warnings that failure to remove the tents and barriers could lead to arrests, this outcome was not the desired result.

Meanwhile, MIT students were told by President Sally Kornbluth earlier this week that their camp was no longer considered safe and could lead to disciplinary action, including suspension.

Similar pro-Palestinian protest camps have sprung up across the country, with some advocating severing academic ties to Israel in light of the Gaza conflict.

Pro-Palestinian protests spread across European Campuses

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Inspired by ongoing protests at US campuses, student demonstrations advocating for universities to cut ties with Israel over the Gaza conflict have spread across Europe, resulting in clashes and arrests.

Fresh protests have ignited in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Austria.

At various European universities, students have taken to occupying halls and facilities, echoing the demand for an end to partnerships with Israeli institutions in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza.

On Tuesday, Israel initiated a major military offensive against Hamas forces in Rafah, the last remaining city in Gaza that hasn’t been razed in the Israeli campaign, where 1.4 million Palestinians have sought shelter.

Dutch police reported 169 arrests on Monday evening when they disbanded an encampment at the University of Amsterdam. Videos captured police baton-charging protesters and dismantling their tents after they refused to vacate the campus. Before police intervention, brief violence erupted when a small group of counter-protesters wielding flares confronted the main protest.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds of protesters, advocating for a ceasefire, resumed demonstrations around the university campus, setting up barriers amidst a heavy police presence. In Utrecht University, around 50 demonstrators gathered outside the library, while a few dozen protested at the Technical University of Delft, as reported by the local news agency ANP.

In Leipzig, Germany, 50 to 60 individuals occupied a lecture hall, displaying banners reading “University occupation against genocide.” They barricaded doors and erected tents in the courtyard, leading the university to involve the police and file a criminal complaint. A pro-Israeli counter-protest involving about 40 people also occurred in the area.

At Berlin’s Free University, police dispersed a demonstration where up to 80 individuals had erected a protest camp. Protesters, some wearing keffiyeh scarves, attempted to occupy rooms and lecture halls, leading to property damage and class suspensions. Police made arrests for incitement to hatred and trespassing.

In Paris, police intervened twice at Sciences Po university to disperse approximately 20 students who barricaded themselves in the main hall. Two arrests were made, and exams proceeded without disruption. Clashes between police and protesters also occurred at the Sorbonne.

Protests spread to three universities in Lausanne, Geneva, and Zurich in Switzerland. The University of Lausanne stated it sees no reason to end its relations with Israeli universities, despite protesters’ demands.

In Austria, dozens of protesters camped on Vienna University’s campus, while more than 100 students occupied Ghent University in Belgium, combining climate and Gaza protests.

Similar encampments and protests have occurred at universities in Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, and the UK over recent weeks.

In Athens, clashes broke out between police and protesters during a pro-Palestinian rally outside the parliament building. More than 300 people participated, demonstrating solidarity with Palestinians.

The Gaza conflict was triggered by an attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7, resulting in around 1,200 deaths, mostly civilians. Israel launched a retaliatory offensive, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries in Gaza.

Woman identified by fingerprints after fall at Ohio State graduation

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The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has officially identified the woman who tragically died at the Ohio State University 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony,

Larissa Brady, 53, of Georgia, was pronounced dead at the scene outside Ohio Stadium by Columbus firefighters at 12:25 p.m. Saturday, according to the coroner’s office. His identity was confirmed by fingerprinting.

While the original coroner’s report did not indicate how Brady died, Ohio State Police said they do not suspect foul play or an accidental fall, university spokesman Ben Johnson said in an email Tuesday.

Despite the incident, Ohio State University has remained tight-lipped about the details surrounding Brady’s death. After the tragedy, the university reached out to both alumni and staff volunteers to provide counseling at the graduation, Johnson told The Dispatch.

There was no mention of the incident during the ceremony itself, which included speakers such as social worker and OSU alumnus Chris Pan. But as the students left the stadium after the ceremony, they crossed the field where Brady fell, still marked by the red stripes of the crime scene.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are taking place on college campuses in the United States, and students are mobilizing in unprecedented numbers to denounce their institutions’ ties to the Israeli regime and advocate for Palestinian rights.

 The protests led to tensions and violence on campuses, with authorities at several universities cracking down on protesting students and police intervening to disperse protesters.

Where did the incident occur?

A portion of Ohio Stadium, close to gate 30 typically used by Ohio State football players, was cordoned off by police on Sunday. This area, usually bustling during home games, became the backdrop for a tragic incident during the graduation ceremony.

“No way, that’s unbelievable,” exclaimed one witness.

This observer, who chose to remain anonymous, recounted the heartbreaking moment when someone fell just as the last graduates were entering the stadium.

Another eyewitness, present at the ceremony, noticed visible distress among attendees and students as news of the tragedy spread through various media outlets and social platforms.

Pan touched on various topics, including world peace and Bitcoin, and even sang the song ‘This Little Light of Mine.’

Rapper Macklemore takes aim at Biden in pro-Palestinian anthem

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US President Joe Biden finds himself at the forefront of criticism of US rapper Macklemore in the latest developments in the music industry.

Macklemore’s newly released song “Hind’s Hall” takes a bold stance on the ongoing pro-Palestinian protests, with the artist announcing that all proceeds will support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The song, named after a Palestinian girl who tragically lost her life in an attack in Gaza, makes its debut Monday on Macklemore’s social media platforms and serves as a poignant commentary on current events. Macklemore doesn’t comment on his decision not to vote for Biden in the upcoming November presidential election, saying, “There’s blood on your hands, Biden, we can see it all.”

Inspired by the actions of pro-Palestinian Columbia University students who renamed the building they occupied during protests, “Hind’s Hall” reflects growing solidarity with Palestinians in the face of escalating tensions.

Through his lyrics, Macklemore responds to the recent increase in protests on American universities against Israel’s actions in the Gaza conflict.

This isn’t Macklemore’s first foray into political activism through music. His participation in a large pro-Palestinian demonstration in Washington last November underscores his commitment to social justice.

Macklemore’s repertoire, including hits like “Same Love” promoting same-sex love and “White Privilege II” highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement, continues to serve as a powerful tool for social commentary and change.

Pro-Palestinian protests have been sweeping across US universities, causing significant disruptions to both campus life and academic activities.

Sparked by the conflict in Gaza, these demonstrations have led to numerous arrests and confrontations with law enforcement. The unrest has not only interrupted education but also heightened tensions between student demonstrators and university administrations.

Police disperse campus protest encampment at university of Chicago

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As Israel’s military continues its incursion into Gaza’s southern region, pro-Palestinian demonstrators nationwide have intensified their protests, rallying supporters across the United States.

Police officers, in a significant development, forcibly removed a pro-Palestinian protest encampment from the University of Chicago early Tuesday morning. This action, closely monitored within higher education circles, comes as the university has historically prided itself on fostering a culture of free expression on campus.

”Tell me whever has that pride gone now,” questioned a student inside the campus.

The escalation of campus protests follows Israel’s military actions in Gaza’s southern region, prompting pro-Palestinian activists to galvanize supporters and disrupt university activities, including commencement events.

Organizers had highlighted the looming threat of a ground invasion after Israel’s military distributed evacuation leaflets in Rafah, home to nearly a million displaced Gazans. Tuesday saw the Israeli military entering Rafah, occupying parts of the city.

In Chicago, police arrived at the university around 5 a.m., donning riot helmets as they began dismantling tents. While protesters dispersed peacefully, a group gathered nearby, chanting in front of officers who guarded the quad where the encampment stood.

Meanwhile, across various campuses, protests have taken various forms of activism. At the Rhode Island School of Design, activists staged an “All Eyes on Rafah” rally and occupied the main administrative building. Similar actions occurred at the University of California, Los Angeles, where police arrested demonstrators in response to the military assault on Rafah.

Tuesday is marked with scheduled protests at institutions including the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Washington.

Tensions have also flared at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where pro-Palestinian demonstrators resisted orders to clear their encampment, resulting in skirmishes with police.

The latest round of arrests, totaling over 100 at universities in California on Monday, brings the nationwide total to more than 2,500 individuals detained at 50 schools since April 18, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

As protests intensify, Columbia University has canceled its main graduation ceremony, citing security concerns. Similar adjustments or increased security measures have been observed at other institutions across the country.

In addition, police in riot gear dismantled a pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of California, San Diego early Monday, marking the first enforcement action at the campus since the start of the demonstration last week.

Pro-Palestinian protest on upper east side includes statue vandalism, US flag burning

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Around 30 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested during Monday night’s protests on the Upper East Side, reports said.

The unrest involved acts of vandalism, including the burning of an American flag, as per reports.

The bronze sculpture, a memorial to the fallen members of the 107th infantry from World War I, was defaced with spray-painted messages like “Gaza” and “Free Palestine.”

This incident occurred just a short distance from where protests intersected with the Met Gala. NYPD confirmed 27 arrests as the pro-Palestinian protests traversed the Upper East Side.

Several planned demonstrations from Hunter College, Columbia University, and another group within the park aimed toward the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where some attempted to breach barricades, prompting police intervention.

Following this, some protesters redirected to 67th Street, where individuals vandalized the statue and one person was observed burning an American flag.

Mayor Eric Adams condemned the flag’s use in protests, emphasizing its significance as a national symbol. ‘’This is unfortunate, to say the least,’’ said the Mayor, adding the flag is significant because of its national symbolism.

Another nearby statue in Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza also faced vandalism that night, marking the dispersal of the protest.

Ongoing pro-Palestinian protests have swept across US universities, causing significant disruptions to academic activities. The demonstrations, sparked by the war in Gaza, have led to numerous arrests and confrontations with police. The unrest has not only disturbed education but also raised tensions between student demonstrators and university leadership.

Oxford, Cambridge students’ Gaza War protests gain momentum

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Amid ongoing pro-Palestine protests, students at Oxford and Cambridge have established encampments on their university campuses, protesting against Israel’s actions in Gaza. This mirrors similar demonstrations observed at American universities and Sciences Po in Paris, France.

Early Monday morning, protesters from Oxford Action for Palestine occupied the lawns of the Pitts River Museum, while Cambridge witnessed the construction of a “Liberated Zone” camp outside King’s College, an unidentified police official told media.

In Oxford, students and staff set up “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” tents and displayed posters reading “All eyes on Gaza”.

A joint statement by Oxford Action for Palestine and Cambridge for Palestine declared their refusal to accept the complicity of their universities in Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. They stressed that university profits should not come at the expense of Palestinian lives and demanded an end to the whitewashing of Israeli crimes.

The protesters outlined their demands, including getting rid of Israeli institutions involved in genocide, apartheid and occupation, as well as revising investment policies to support Palestinian-led reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

Oxford Action for Palestine called on members of the university to join the camp, urging Oxford to sever the institutional ties facilitating the genocide and occupation of Palestinians.

Oxford faculty and staff who supported the students demanded an immediate ceasefire and divestment of Israeli institutions, along with concrete support for the education of Palestinian scholars and the rebuilding of universities in Gaza destroyed by Israeli bombing.

A spokesperson for Oxford University affirmed the right to peaceful protests and urged participants to engage respectfully and empathetically.

Meanwhile, at the University of London, students and staff formed a “Liberated Zone for Gaza”, criticizing the institution’s ties to Israeli settler colonialism through investments in various companies.

Similar pro-Palestinian camps have sprung up at the universities of Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Cambridge students Jews for Justice in Palestine rejected their university’s complicity in the Palestinian genocide, stressing their refusal to accept murder and bloodshed as the status quo. They condemned the armed association of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

These protests at British universities parallel pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the United States. Columbia University recently canceled its major graduation due to security concerns stemming from weeks of pro-Palestinian protests on campus.

A Columbia spokesperson expressed disappointment at the cancellation, citing the inability to find a replacement seat. Protests at Columbia and other universities have drawn national attention and sparked calls for a Gaza ceasefire and divestment of Israel-linked companies, despite instances of police crackdowns.

Dozens detained at UCLA amid curfew violation investigation

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Early Monday, dozens of individuals were detained inside a parking garage at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) after they refused police officers request for identification, citing a possible curfew violation.

An unidentified police officer informed reporters and observers that the group was detained for delaying an investigation into a potential curfew violation. This information was shared via a video posted on a social media platform by a KNX News reporter. The video showed multiple individuals with their hands zip-tied, sitting against a wall.

The exact number of detainees and whether they would face citations or arrests was unclear. However, it was noted that there is a longstanding curfew for “non-affiliates” on university property between midnight and 6 a.m., as per University of California regulations. Non-affiliates are defined as individuals who are not students, officers, official volunteers, employees, Regents, emeriti of the University of California, or members of a household authorized to reside on University Property.

UCLA and its police department did not immediately respond to questions about the situation or the possible curfew. However, a Bruin Alert issued just before 9 a.m. Monday stated that classes and work in Moore Hall would be remote due to ongoing disruptions.

On Sunday, UCLA had informed the campus community that normal classes and operations would resume. This announcement came days after police spent hours quelling attacks on a pro-Palestinian encampment, which culminated in a violent standoff between the camp and police, resulting in nearly 200 arrests and the dismantling of the camp.

The incident involving the curfew violation occurred near Moore Hall, not far from the parking structure where the detentions took place. This incident is one of many that have occurred on campuses nationwide in recent weeks as students protest the ongoing war in Gaza.

A source, who was not authorized to comment publicly, stated that the incident involved about 30 people who were detained for allegedly violating the non-affiliates curfew and refusing to leave. The source added that UCLA is now prepared to maintain a safe campus environment under the leadership of UCLA Police Chief John Thomas.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced on Sunday the establishment of a new Office of Campus Safety, headed by former Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel. This office will oversee the police department and Office of Emergency Management, which were previously overseen by Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck. Braziel will report directly to Block and the new office will focus solely on campus safety.

Columbia University cancels commencement amid protests

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Columbia University has announced the cancellation of its university-wide commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 15, in favor of “smaller-scale, school-based celebrations”.

The decision comes after weeks of pro-Palestine protests on campus.

The university stated on Monday that students had expressed a preference for these smaller, more intimate ceremonies. “Our students emphasized that these smaller-scale, school-based celebrations are most meaningful to them and their families,” the university said. “They are eager to cross the stage to applause and family pride and hear from their school’s invited guest speakers.”

The decision was made following discussions with student leaders, with security reasons cited as the primary factor behind the move. The graduating class will now be honored individually alongside their peers at these school-based ceremonies.

Most of these ceremonies will take place at Columbia’s Baker Athletics Complex, rather than the South Lawn of the Morningside campus where they were initially scheduled. However, the timings will remain the same.

University officials are also considering hosting a “festive event” on May 15 to replace the large, formal ceremony. “These past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for our community,” the university wrote. “We are eager to all come together for our graduates and celebrate our fellow Columbians as they, and we, look ahead to the future.”

This move follows similar decisions by other universities, such as the University of Southern California, which also cancelled its main commencement ceremony next month amid pro-Palestine protests.

Over 1,000 protesters across the country have been arrested as law enforcement stepped in to disperse demonstrations, occupations, and encampments on campuses. Students at Columbia are believed to have been among those arrested following a police raid last week of Hamilton Hall on the New York campus, which had been renamed Hind Hall by protesters.

Authorities at Columbia stated they had no choice but to involve the police, citing that Hamilton Hall “had been occupied, vandalized, and blockaded”. The NYPD cleared the building late Tuesday evening, arresting about 100 people. There were no reports of resistance or injuries.

In a later revelation, the police department disclosed that a police officer accidentally discharged his firearm during the clearing of Hamilton Hall. No injuries were reported, and the bullet was found lodged in a nearby wall.

Mayor Eric Adams reported that about 300 people were arrested at Columbia and City College of New York following Tuesday’s events, with many charged with trespassing and criminal mischief.

Prior to this, over 100 Columbia students were arrested in April during peaceful protests on their campus. The protests began on April 17 when students set up a camp with around 50 tents to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and for the university to divest from Israel or companies allegedly supporting the ongoing conflict.