BY THE VILLAGE SUN | New York University students calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war held a die-in in Washington Square Park on Wednesday.
In addition to an end to the fighting, they demanded that the Greenwich Village university shut down its N.Y.U. Tel Aviv study-abroad program.
They further advocated that N.Y.U. join the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel, or as one of their signs said, “Divest from companies complicit in apartheid.”
They laid out a list of names of the dead, with small white bundles splattered with red paint — representing slain babies — on top of it.
Around 40 students lay down on the ground. Dozens of other protesters stood around them in a circle in solidarity.
The day before the Downtown die-in, in the largest pro-Israel demonstration in U.S. history, 300,000 people rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., calling for Hamas to release the roughly 240 Israeli hostages still being held in captivity after the terrorist group’s savage 10/7 attack that sparked the war. Around 1,200 people were killed in the surprise assault, many of them with horrific, sadistic brutality. Israel calls 10/7 its equivalent of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Meanwhile, Hamas says Israel’s counteroffensive has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians.
Israel has said all the hostages must be released before there will be a ceasefire — plus that a ceasefire would allow Hamas to regroup and rebuild. Israel charges that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields,” saying it hides its command centers and weapons beneath hospitals, among other locations.
The U.S. supports the idea of “humanitarian pauses” to allow aid to flow into Gaza and for Palestinians to be able to flee from northern Gaza. Israeli troops are destroying the terrorists’ extensive network of tunnels in northern Gaza, rooting out their strongholds and targeting their leaders, in an effort to eradicate Hamas.
For their part, Hamas senior leaders recently have stated publicly that the 10/7 attack’s goal was to create a state of “permanent war” on Israel’s borders and that they hope the Arab world’s nations will join in to support them.