Pro-Israel college demonstrators fighting back

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Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters have clashed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as demonstrations over the war in Gaza continue across US campuses.

Nationwide rallies – during which there have been hundreds of arrests – showed no sign of stopping over the weekend.

At UCLA “physical altercations broke out” after a barrier separating the two sides was breached, an official said.

The White House has insisted that demonstrations must remain peaceful.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told ABC that the US government respects the right of protesters demonstrating over the Israel-Gaza war.

But he condemned antisemitic incidents that have been reported, as well as “all the hate speech and the threats of violence out there”.

At UCLA, a pro-Palestinian encampment has grown in size in recent days, as has a group of pro-Israeli counter-protesters.

The Israeli American Council (IAC) organised the counter-protest. It recently said it had “profound concern” over the antisemitism reported elsewhere, including at Columbia University in New York City.


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