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Behind the protests: The intersection of Woke culture and foreign interests in U.S. Universities

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Dozens of students walked out of Duke University's commencement ceremony on Sunday as some chanted "free Palestine" to protest its guest speaker, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, for supporting Israel throughout the war in Gaza, according to videos of the event posted on social media.

Jerry Seinfeld, Reuters/David Swanson

Dozens of students walked out of Duke University's commencement ceremony on Sunday as some chanted "free Palestine" to protest its guest speaker, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, for supporting Israel throughout the war in Gaza, according to videos of the event posted on social media.

Other graduates shouted "Jerry! Jerry!" as the actor received an honorary degree, and Seinfeld delivered his speech without major interruptions. He visited Israel and has vocally supported it since Oct. 7 when militant group Hamas killed 1,200 people and abducted 252 others.

The walkout was the latest manifestation of protests that have roiled U.S. campuses as students call for universities to divest from arms suppliers and other companies profiting from the war, and amnesty for students and faculty members who have been disciplined or fired for protesting.

In recent years, a noticeable shift has occurred in the attitudes of many American university students towards Israel.

This shift can largely be attributed to the growing influence of the woke movement within academic circles. This movement, often characterized by its progressive stance on various social issues, has inadvertently bred a level of hostility towards Israel, fueled by a lack of in-depth knowledge and understanding.

The woke culture prevalent in many universities promotes a form of activism that is often based on emotion rather than informed debate.

As a result, a significant portion of students, who are hostile towards Israel, appear to lack a nuanced understanding of the complex geopolitical issues at play. This lack of cultural and historical perspective is a key factor contributing to the prevailing anti-Israel sentiments on campuses.

Further complicating matters, these student protests against Israel are not solely organic expressions of dissent. There is evidence to suggest that they are also manipulated by islamo-leftist organizations, some of which receive funding from Arab countries and Iran.

These groups exploit the prevailing woke culture to push their agendas, thereby influencing student perceptions and actions against Israel.

The intersection of woke ideology and foreign influence in American universities presents a troubling trend that can distort students' understanding and provoke hostility based on incomplete or biased information.

It is essential for educational institutions to encourage more balanced viewpoints and informed discussions to counteract this trend and promote a more comprehensive understanding of international relations and cultural complexities.

Reporting by Julia Harte and Mena Today 

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