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Sunday, April 21, 2024

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Ben Shapiro won’t back down and neither will we

Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Florida is proud to host Ben Shapiro this Fall on campus. As the voice for many young conservatives at our school, we are excited for the opportunity to host someone who has had a major impact on our country and society. 


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My Palestinian blood : دمي فلسطيني

The horrifying terrorist acts of Hamas took the lives of nearly 700 Israeli civilians Saturday, the most amount of Jews killed in one day since the Holocaust. My thoughts and prayers go out to every single Israeli, Jewish person or any family member who has mourned a loss these past weeks. Now imagine 75 years of that loss. 


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Being Jewish means wanting to stop politicizing human rights

What it means to be Jewish transformed for me on Monday. At 8:55 p.m. in Turlington Plaza, a loud noise ruptured the silence of prayer. On Monday, identifying as a Jew meant running as fast as I could without realizing the road was shredding the soles of my feet because my Birkenstocks were pulled out from under me in the mass exodus


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Arab American or an American Arab?

I was born to immigrant parents in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Continents away from my roots, my parents placed me in a local Islamic school to teach me the fundamentals of my religion and language. It wasn’t until the third grade that they realized my learning would benefit from a secular education. That’s where a rift in my identity began to open.


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Dancing between two worlds

In the vibrant palette of American multiculturalism, my experience stands as a testament to the beauty of diversity, the profoundness of heritage, and the challenges and joys of dancing between two distinct worlds. 


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Keep your hands off our Bright Futures

In his State of the University Address, UF President Ben Sasse said something that should concern every student who receives Bright Futures or other financial aid: “We lose money on every student.” In my view, this is not a tragic boon like Sasse is implying. A public service, which I view a public university as a type of, should not be run with profit in mind.


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Florida's divisive legislation of 2023: A comprehensive recap

Understanding all of Florida’s legislation is overwhelming; bills pass during a short period and it seems there is too much to keep up with. However,  it is crucial to know how legislation is currently impacting Floridians. A few notable policy areas for the 2023 legislative session include abortion, gender-affirming care and immigration. 


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New Florida legislation combats left-wing agenda

The legislation written about in this article, all hot-button issues, serve to 1) protect and defend the most innocent and vulnerable; 2) afford eligible American citizens unfettered access to a constitutional privilege; and 3) stave off the smuggling of drugs, humans and the resulting violence occurring at the U.S. southern crossings. In truth, we should all like to see legislation advance across the states, in one form or another. 


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