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NYPD Arrests Dozens at Columbia University Gaza Solidarity Encampment

On Thursday, police arrested more than 100 protesters at Columbia University’s campus following a demonstration against Israel’s actions in Gaza. 

The protest was organized by Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) and other student groups, and resulted in significant law enforcement intervention.

According to eyewitnesses, officers forcefully removed students from tents set up at the center of Columbia’s Manhattan campus. 

University President Minouche Shafik confirmed that the encampment began early Wednesday morning, with over 100 people occupying the South Lawn.

During the demonstration, the NYPD made over 108 arrests, as confirmed by New York City Mayor Eric Adams. 

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Members of Columbia University Apartheid Divest claimed that over 120 people, including three legal observers, were arrested at the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment.”

One of the protesters arrested was Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who was charged with trespassing. 

Hirsi had previously expressed solidarity with Palestinians facing a “genocide.”

Protesters wore keffiyehs and held signs advocating for Palestinian freedom. 

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Despite warnings to disperse, demonstrators continued to occupy the space, resulting in arrests and suspensions.

This incident marked one of the largest mass arrests of student protesters since the start of Israel’s actions in Gaza. 

Columbia University faced criticism for its handling of the situation, with concerns raised about the treatment of students and the denial of entry to media personnel.

The encampment was organized by CUAD and other student groups to protest the university’s financial investments in corporations that profit from Israeli apartheid. 

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The demonstration highlighted ongoing debates regarding free speech and student activism on campus.

The university’s decision to involve law enforcement sparked condemnation from civil liberties groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). 

Executive Director Donna Lieberman criticized the university’s departure from past practices and raised concerns about the NYPD’s tactics during the protest.

The protest’s controversy underscores the broader tensions associated with Israel’s actions in Gaza and the Palestinian solidarity movement. 

The demonstration at Columbia University is part of a series of nationwide protests demanding action.

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