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Iran's internationally renowned Shiraz University to grant scholarships to expelled pro-Palestine students in US, Europe

Students at Shiraz University attend a gathering in support of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip on April 29, 2024.

The head of an Iranian internationally renowned university has expressed readiness to grant scholarships to the students expelled for pro-Palestine demonstrations in the United States and Europe.

Head of Shiraz University, Mohammad Moazzeni, announced the decision at a gathering of university students and professors of Shiraz, the capital city of the southern Iranian province of Fars, in solidarity with American and European students supporting Palestinians in the months-long Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip.

He said what is taking place in Gaza reveals the nature of Western civilization and the truthfulness of the message of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, one of the great causes of which was supporting Palestine.

Moazzeni criticized the harsh treatment of student protesters by the police in the US and Europe, saying, "They exert a lot of violence in order to contain this raging movement and have even threatened to expel the students from universities and hinder their employment in the future, and such autocratic methods show the decline of global arrogance.”

Students at Shiraz University and other universities across Fars Province attend a gathering in support of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip on April 29, 2024.

Announcing Shiraz University’s decision to offer scholarships to students expelled from European and American universities, Moazzeni said, “Students and even professors who have been expelled or threatened with expulsion can continue their studies at Shiraz University and I think that other universities in Shiraz as well as Fars Province are also prepared [to provide the conditions].”

Students at dozens of universities in the US and Europe are protesting against the Washington-backed Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which has killed more than 34,000 people since October last year.

The students are calling for universities to separate themselves from any companies that are advancing the occupying regime’s war on the besieged Palestinian territory.

In the past 10 days, hundreds of students have been arrested, suspended, put on probation and, in some cases, expelled from colleges in the US.

The United States has been providing Israel with unrestrained military, intelligence, and financial support since October 7, when the regime unleashed the war against the besieged Palestinian territory.

Washington gives Israel $3.8 billion in military assistance every year, and US President Joe Biden has continued to provide staunch support to the illegal entity amid the Gaza war. Last Wednesday, Biden signed into law a massive funding package that will provide an additional $17 billion to the occupying regime.

Washington has also vetoed several United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire to end the brutal military aggression.

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