Messages and Consequences of Student Protests in the United States

Strategic Council Online - Opinion: Student protests in America take on new dimensions every day. Because the university enjoys higher public trust and social capital than other civil and social institutions and is, therefore, more effective, the current protests put the U.S. government in a "difficult situation" that is clear in the statements of current and former U.S. officials. Hamid Khoshayand – International Affairs Expert

The protests, which originated from Columbia University, the hub and base of the original “Jewish lobby” and now spread to more than 100 prestigious U.S. universities, echo the “Vietnam tragedy” and are reminiscent of the famous 1968 Columbia University protest movement that forced the United States to withdraw from the Vietnam War.

 

Columbia University The Origin of American Student Uprising

Harsh treatment, beating and arresting students, and efforts to contain the student movement are policies adopted by the U.S. government toward protesters. In this regard, the Biden administration, resorting to the “anti-Semitism” rhetoric, has made a ludicrous statement: “There is no room for violence and anti-Semitism on any campus in the United States.” These statements come at a time when Jewish professors and students are also present in the protests and even play a prominent role in organizing them.

 

The most important demand of students

The U.S. government’s “revision” in its policies of supporting the Zionist regime, stopping the Gaza war, and cutting or reducing economic relations with centers that provide weapons and money to the Zionist regime are among the main demands of the protesters. As the current trend continues, in the next few weeks, we will see a rise in students at dozens of other universities, and the possibility exists for more European universities to join the protests.

Recent student protests in the United States have messages and consequences at both domestic and foreign levels.

 

Messages

In fact, the student uprising in the United States and the way the U.S. government and police treat students in their essence contain reflective messages, the most important of which are mentioned below:

One: despite the widespread media manipulation of the events in Gaza, the recent protests showed that the U.S. government has effectively lost the ability to persuade civil society, especially the student generation, and contrary to the internal intentions of the statesmen and the circles aligned with it, the university has come to an accurate understanding and realistic assessment of what is happening in Gaza and the consequences for the United States.

Two: Student protests showed that the “gap” between the government and civil society, including the university and public opinion in the United States, is clearly so far away from the issue of Palestine and Gaza that media tools cannot conceal it. In this regard, a CNN poll is good evidence that 71 percent of Americans oppose Biden’s policies toward the Gaza war.

Three: Israel’s condemnation of the genocide in Gaza, expressing sympathy for Palestine, and calling for an end to U.S. support for Tel Aviv are the “loudest voices” heard in American universities. This means that the “popularity of Palestine” and “disgust with the Israeli regime” in the United States, which is the regime’s most prominent strategic ally and supporter, is on the rise.

Four: The violent treatment of the police, the detention of protesting students and professors, and the violation of the right to freedom of expression and assembly, in the most explicit manner, mask the face of American democracy and show the oppressive nature of the U.S. government and police.

 

Consequences

The recent protests at U.S. universities have significant consequences in both domestic and foreign arenas that should not be underestimated:

One: Despite the suppression of student gatherings and Biden’s resistance to the demands of students and professors, their strong presence will gradually affect the U.S. government’s decision-making processes regarding the Gaza War and support for the Zionist regime.

 

Two: student protests have put  Biden’s “political fate” at risk in the upcoming election and the electoral process. Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, commented on student protests, “The real threat to Biden is that younger voters, especially college-educated voters, will not be present. “I don’t think the protesters in college today will vote for former President Donald Trump; almost none of them are voting, and the danger is not here, but the danger is that they simply won’t vote,” he said.

 

Three: Given that university students and professors are also protesting against U.S. companies and investors in the Gaza war, this could also undermine the trend of American investment in companies that provide weapons and equipment to the Israeli army.

 

Four: The significant consequence is that the suppression and suspension of students will lead to more sustained protests and broader participation, which may “spread” the issue of protests and criticisms from the Gaza War case to other U.S. foreign policy cases.

 

Five: Strengthening the two-state solution, despite its unrealistic views, which the Zionist regime and Netanyahu’s government are opposed to, and this idea has serious opponents inside the United States, is another possible outcome of student protests.

The spread and intensification of student protests, which are gradually taking place in European countries and the rest of the world, and we may even witness in Arab and Islamic countries, is another consequence.

 

Final Tip: Ever since the establishment of the Zionist regime, we have never seen such a protest movement against the policies of the United States supporting this regime. This is a very important and “strange” event that has even frightened the Zionist regime’s leaders. In any case, the suppression of recent student protests, which is an important historical experience in the United States, not only does not contain the protesters but also drives a more neutral and gray population in the United States to “support Palestine.” At the same time, the Zionists have made great efforts and spending in recent years to marginalize Palestine in the public opinion of the region and the world.

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