May 8, 2024 - News

šŸ’¬ Quote du jour: Kaler and the Case encampment

Cardboard sign on grass reading "Our Tuition Funds Genocide" in red paint

Hand-painted signs adorn the gates around the Kelvin Smith Library at Case. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

"It's honestly just really annoying that [CWRU president Eric Kaler] chose to consult a group of students that really have little to no actual investment or understanding of what is going on [at the encampment]."
ā€” Jad Kamhawi Oglesby, vice president of the CWRU Students for Justice in Palestine, to Signal Cleveland

Driving the news: Kaler sent a letter to the university community this week saying he had met with students to discuss the ongoing pro-Palestinian encampment outside the University library.

What they're saying: Kaler thanked students for their constructive feedback while reiterating that the university would not negotiate with protesters until the encampment concludes.

  • "Divestment [from financial interests in Israel] ā€” a key component of the protesters' demands ā€” is and remains something the university will not do," he wrote.

Between the lines: Students for Justice in Palestine told Signal Cleveland that they were unaware the conversations were happening.

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