VIDEO: Palestinian student snubs Blinken handshake at Georgetown graduation to protest US support of Israel

Ahram Online , Monday 23 May 2022

A Palestinian student, Nooran Hamdan, raised a Palestinian flag as she walked on stage to receive her graduation certificate from Georgetown University, refusing to shake hands with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and telling him that the US government should cut all support to Israel.

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Nooran walking past Blinken. Video courtesy of Nooran Hamdan Twitter account


As she made her way to the stage, her classmates carried pictures of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by the Israeli army last week while covering Israeli occupation forces’ raids in Jenin.

Nooran, who was graduating from the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC, tweeted the reasons behind her actions and included a short video of the moment.

“Neither myself nor my peers have claimed that our actions have done anything more than protest Blinken and the policies he upholds, and raise awareness for Shireen/Palestine,” she added on Twitter. 

“We are staying [in our land] whether you like it or not,” Nooran tweeted in defiance once more in Arabic. 

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