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 March 23, 2024

University staff and students demand Hillary Clinton call for Gaza ceasefire

The protest against high-level current and former politicians regarding their stance on the Israel-Hamas war continues to cause problems.

The latest to experience continued harassment over the situation is failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

According to BBC, a group of 260 staff, alumni, and students at Queen's University Belfast penned a strongly-worded letter to Clinton, who happens to be the chancellor of the Irish university, expressing their "profound concern" that Clinton has not yet called for a ceasefire.

Many Democrats have been targeted for not publicly calling for a ceasefire in Israel's war against Hamas.

What did they say?

The letter made it clear that they find their chancellor's lack of demanding a ceasefire troubling. As a result of her inaction, they're also requesting that a "review" of her position take place.

"We ask the university to call for an immediate ceasefire, an urgent review of the current chancellor's position, and the introduction of a more rigorous ethical investment policy in consultation with staff and student unions," the letter read.

Professor John Barry of the university's School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Politics specifically called out Clinton's refusal to call for a ceasefire as the war rages on.

"Hillary Clinton is on public record as not calling for a ceasefire which we, as those who signed that letter, find unconscionable," the professor, one of the letter's signatories, wrote. "Many of us feel frankly both ashamed and embarrassed that we have as a chancellor somebody who's not supporting a call for a ceasefire."

He added, "Once again it's left to staff to stand up where management haven't."

Doubling down

The professor held nothing back in his criticism of the former secretary of state, saying that not only should she call for a ceasefire but adding that she should also "apologize" for remarks she previously made about the situation.

"So she could stay as chancellor, but represent the will of those of us of staff and of course students as well," he said.

Barry added, "Falling short of that we should remove her as chancellor because I don't think she's fit to represent this institution if those are her views."

Only time will tell if the pressure builds to a point where Clinton would consider stepping down.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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