Hostage deceased, campus in turmoil… The latest news.

An Israeli hostage who had been held in the Gaza Strip since the October 7 Hamas attacks has been declared dead, according to Israeli authorities and relatives. The Israeli foreign minister said Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has “broke agreements [entre les deux pays] by blocking Israeli imports and exports at ports.”

Dror Or, aged 49, a hostage in the Gaza Strip, was killed, Kibbutz Be’eri where he lived said in a statement.

His wife, Yonat, was killed during this assault while two of their three children, Noam and Alma, aged 17 and 13 respectively, were kidnapped and then released as part of a truce agreement at the end of November.

Police officers separate pro-Israel supporters and pro-Palestinian supporters outside a pro-Palestinian encampment at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/GRAHAM HUGHES
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Police officers separate pro-Israel supporters and pro-Palestinian supporters outside a pro-Palestinian encampment at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/GRAHAM HUGHES

Suspension of commercial relations with Turkey

Turkey suspended its commercial relations with Israel on Thursday, May 2, after having already restricted its exports to this country in April in response to the war in Gaza, announced the Turkish Ministry of Commerce. “Turkey will strictly implement these new measures until the Israeli government allows an uninterrupted flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza”the ministry said in a press release.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said earlier Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had “broke agreements [entre Israël et la Turquie] by blocking Israeli imports and exports at ports”.

The Turkish population was unhappy with continued trade relations with Israel and Turkey had already restricted exports to the country of many goods, including products made of steel, iron and aluminum, in April.

A pro-Palestinian protest encampment at Stanford University, California, United States, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO
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A pro-Palestinian protest encampment at Stanford University, California, United States, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Mobilization of students in Mexico

Dozens of pro-Palestinian students from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest in the country, set up camp Thursday in Mexico City to protest the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and in solidarity with student protests in the United States.

The demonstrators notably asked the Mexican government to sever diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel.

At least 30 American universities have been the scene of pro-Palestinian protests in recent weeks.

A student encampment continues to occupy the area in front of Sproul Hall, the administrative building on the University of California, Berkeley campus, in Berkeley, California, United States, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO
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A student encampment continues to occupy the area in front of Sproul Hall, the administrative building on the University of California, Berkeley campus, in Berkeley, California, United States, May 2, 2024. | EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

University officials are trying to balance the right to free speech with concerns that these gatherings have given rise to a proliferation of hate speech and a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Sciences Po closes its premises

The management of Sciences Po Paris decided to close its main premises on Friday due to a new occupation by a few dozen students mobilized for Gaza, at a time when the government is increasing its vigilance in the face of actions on French campuses.

After an internal debate on the Middle East on Thursday morning which they judged “disappointing, but not surprising”students from Sciences Po’s Palestine committee announced Thursday afternoon the launch of a “peaceful sit-in” in the school hall and the start of a hunger strike by six students “in solidarity with the Palestinian victims”.

Thursday evening, the occupation of the campus was voted on by around a hundred students gathered in a general assembly, a member of the Palestine committee, who did not give her name, told AFP.

Hunger strikes will continue until “holding an official, non-anonymous vote on the board of the Institute for the Investigation of Partnerships with Israeli Universities”declared Hicham, of the Palestine committee.

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Rubble in front of a collapsed building in the eastern part of the Maghazi Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. | AFP
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Rubble in front of a collapsed building in the eastern part of the Maghazi Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. | AFP

300 people at the Sorbonne

In front of the Sorbonne University, where the police had already intervened on Monday to evacuate demonstrators, nearly 300 students from different campuses gathered Thursday afternoon. They organized a camp there for around twenty minutes and were dislodged an hour later by more than a hundred members of the police, according to AFP.

Actions also took place in Lille and Lyon. France Universités, which brings together 116 higher education establishments including 74 universities, has “welcomed the Minister’s determination to take a balanced and firm path towards a return to calm”.

The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) is organizing a Friday “dialogue table” Place de la Sorbonne, for “debate with Jewish students, fight against the polarization of the debate and show that we can mobilize without insulting and inveighing”.

Rubble of a collapsed building in the eastern part of the Maghazi Palestinian refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on April 15, 2024. | AFP
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Rubble of a collapsed building in the eastern part of the Maghazi Palestinian refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on April 15, 2024. | AFP

Waiting for a truce…

Hamas says it is studying in a “positive spirit” the latest offer of a 40-day truce in the fighting, associated with the release of hostages in the Gaza Strip while the mediating countries (Qatar, Egypt, United States) await his response.

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Israeli strikes in the Rafah sector (south) on Friday.

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