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Younger Americans less likely to support military aid to Israel: Report

As universities across the US continue to see pro-Palestinian protests, data show that only about 7% of younger Americans strongly favor the US providing military aid to Israel in its war against Hamas, while 29% strongly oppose it.

About 30% of US adults over the age of 65 strongly favor providing military aid, while about 9% strongly oppose it, according to Pew Research Center.

According to Pew Research Center, there is no big age difference among US adults regarding whether the country should provide aid to Gaza, with 25-33% strongly in favor of doing so.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law an aid package worth $95 billion that includes $26 billion for Israel.

Student-led protests against Israel’s war on Gaza have intensified across the United States, as House Speaker Mike Johnson suggested the National Guard be brought in and police in riot gear arrested dozens of young people at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and the University of Southern California (USC).

The arrests on Wednesday in cities of Austin and Los Angeles came as students at Harvard University and Brown University on the east coast also defied threats of action and set up encampments in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

The movement, which began at Columbia University in New York last week, is calling on universities cut financial ties to Israel and divest from companies they say are enabling its brutal war in Gaza. At least 34,300 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on the besieged enclave since October 7, when fighters from Hamas attacked southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking dozens of people captive.

The student protests against the war have been peaceful and largely respectful, but have been met by heavy-handed action from many universities amid allegations of anti-Semitism.

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