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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Gaza war is not top issue for college students



Only 8 percent of college students have protested the war in Gaza -- on either side -- according to a new Generation Lab survey, reports Sareen Habeshian for Axios. "Students ranked the conflict in the Middle East as the least important issue facing them out of nine options." Their top issues were health care reform, education funding and access and economic fairness and opportunity.


While 34 percent blame Hamas for the conflict, 31 percent blame Israel's prime minister or the Israeli people) and 12 percent blame President Joe Biden.


Students were more likely to support than oppose pro-Palestinian encampments, writes Habeshian. However, 67 percent say occupying campus buildings is unacceptable and 58 percent say it's not acceptable to refuse a university's order to disperse. Ninety percent said blocking pro-Israel students from parts of campus is unacceptable.


Eighty-one percent of students agree that "those who destroyed property or vandalized or illegally occupied buildings should be held responsible by their university."

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JK Brown
JK Brown
May 09

It is rather amusing how when it is something supported, commenters always focus on the Ivies or other elites. But when something needs to be buried, suddenly it's "all college students or colleges" in the sample.


Same way everyone hides the faculty who support these protests, hate America and capitalism in the "all faculty" instead of pointing out it is the humanities and social science (excl econ) faculty behind it. the business/econ and STEM professor aren't the ones indoctrinating these "Higher-Ed kids" who just don't wanna grow up and do adulting.


Here's the breakdown of Columbia's faculty. The threat is coming from the lounge in the humanities/soc sci departments


Come on, let's use our critical thinking skills and look to…

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Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels
May 09

I think most American college students who are simply trying to get an education are laughing at these role-playing brats who think "protesting" is a rite of passage and a way to show off how "thoughtful" and "passionate" they are. Most of the "activists" at my school were upper class trust-fund twerps who went on to corporate jobs and, as far as I know, have never lifted a finger to help anyone less fortunate than themselves. The non-student interlopers were just neighborhood losers and trash who play-acted as "anarchists" and just wanted to make everyone else's life as miserable as theirs.

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Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels
May 09
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Oh I agree re the professional agitators. My MOS in the army was psyop and we certainly learned how to poke and exploit vulnerabilities in target audiences. It's naive to think we don't have fifth columnists and outright foreign agents mixing into every hint of civil unrest, especially in a city like New York. Plus you still have a lot of warmed-over hippie retread Ayers types who still want a piece of that 1968 vibe.

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