Dozens of scholars and Bay Space residents participated in a automotive parade on Saturday afternoon to name for the return of individuals taken hostage by Hamas.
The parade happens amid a reported rise of hate crimes focusing on Jewish, Muslim and Arab college students on campus tied to tensions over the Israel-Gaza battle.
Organized by each Stanford and non-Stanford neighborhood members, the parade began on Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos — about 25 minutes away from campus — ultimately making its means up El Camino Actual to Stanford’s campus. Chants of “Deliver them dwelling” reverberated by means of the gang.
“Household and buddies … all acquired collectively,” mentioned Dan Segev MBA ’24, who helped manage the occasion. “There have been additionally folks from the neighborhood who determined to affix us.”
Contributors drove by means of the Oval in vehicles flanked with Israeli and U.S. flags. Banners held on the vehicles with photos of the hostages and indicators that learn “deliver them dwelling.” Organizers had coordinated with the Stanford Division of Transportation to arrange barricades previous to the occasion.
Segev mentioned neighborhood members have been impressed by related commemoration efforts happening worldwide.
“It’s the folks … That is unprecedented, that each one these individuals are held captive and lots of the children which can be on the market are orphans,” Segev mentioned.
The caravan of vehicles concluded on the Oval, the place contributors then continued the rally on foot to White Plaza, the place a show commemorating hostages had been arrange. Greater than 240 folks have been taken hostage after the Hamas-led Oct. 7 shock assault on Israel.
Every picture of a hostage taken was accompanied by a pair of sneakers and a purple heart-shaped balloon. Walkers and wheelchairs have been arrange for homages of aged captives, and strollers have been arrange for these of kids.
“We wished to represent the quantity of individuals [kidnapped] and the number of ages … to recollect them … and never neglect they have been kidnapped,” mentioned Omer Shiran Cohen, a Ph.D. pupil within the Graduate College of Enterprise who helped manage the show.
Ravit Danino, a non-Stanford affiliated neighborhood member who co-organized the parade, mentioned every balloon was set as much as signify a person hostage. “As a result of there are a lot of children, sadly, there’s [toy cars] and the bear that signify the children.”
“The hearts symbolize that our hearts are crying over what’s happening,” Segev mentioned. “Lots of these individuals who have been kidnapped had their household killed, murdered, burned. There are horrible tales popping out from there.”
That is the second show to commemorate these taken hostage. For per week in White Plaza, an empty Shabbat desk was set-up by Hillel and the Stanford Israel Affiliation with 244 chairs to signify these taken hostage.
“Everybody ought to do their greatest to speak what’s damage, what hurts them, and we will discuss collectively,” Segev mentioned.
“Bringing violence into this campus is one thing that’s unacceptable and needs to be condemned on all ranges. College students, leaders, everybody ought to condemn it as a result of there’s no means there’s room for violence,” Segev mentioned.