Tensions are high at Brown University after student Hisham Awartani and two other Palestinian men were shot while visiting family in Vermont.
The shooting has exposed a divide between students who support Israel and those who oppose its presence in Palestinian territories.
The incident has sparked outrage and fear among Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim students at Brown, who feel the university has not adequately supported them. (Trending: Chilling Surveillance Program Under Biden Exposed)
Hisham Awartani said, “It’s important to recognize that this is part of the larger story. This heinous crime did not happen in a vacuum.
“I said about a month ago that Palestinians cannot afford to hold vigils every time this happens. And as much as I appreciate and love every single one of you here today, I am but one casualty in this much wider conflict.”
“I feel like maybe things will change for Palestinians here after this, but this is nothing new,” said Brown student Aboud Ashhab.
“We knew we were not safe. We knew we were not protected.”
“Hisham is from the West Bank, but obviously his Palestinian identity kind of underscored everything in that respect,” a friend said.
“Although we don’t know the details yet, it is horrific that the mere fact that Hisham and his friends were simply being who they are, proud Palestinians, wearing kaffiyehs, speaking in Arabic, that may be what prompted the shooting,” another friend added.
“In the past seven weeks, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim students at Brown have been threatened and harassed,” one student pressed.
“The administration has done nothing to protect us.”
“The double standard is clear.”
“Palestinian students are not treated equally on our campus.”
The shooting has also led to calls for divestment from companies affiliated with Israel and has reignited discussions about Palestinian rights on campus.