Photo Credits: Autumn Petree
On Thursday, November 9th, NC State students “peacefully” marched from Talley to D.H. Hill to show their support for the nation of Palestine. Political tensions were high as the participants arrived holding signs that read things like:
“Joe Biden is funding genocide,” and a quote from Bassem Youssef (an Egyptian “comedian”) that is circulating the social media platform ‘X,’ formerly known as Twitter, “Dealing with Israelis [is so difficult] it’s like dating a narcissistic psychopath.”
As soon as a large crowd had accumulated, out came the signature megaphone and native percussion instruments. Chants echoed through Hillsborough Street. What seemed like a legion of first-year CHASS students shouted a creative concoction of phrases with confidence and much zeal. You can’t beat it, as we know with these passionate folks, originality is never absent.
“Hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go” and “Gaza Gaza don’t you cry, Palestine will never die” were just a few of the ferocious phrases they so abhorrently shouted.
The college students then started to call out local and state politicians, even taking a stab or two at Joe Biden. Political figures like Thom Tillis, Tedd Budd, and even Deborah Ross were thrown under the bus as the group shouted that they “can’t escape genocide.”
It’s become apparent lately that the Israel-Palestine conversation has become one of the key political issues as of late 2023, with Ukraine and Russia taking a backseat. More events centered around the issue could persist before the end of the school year.