Police Arrest Protesters at Columbia University Who Had Set Up Pro-palestinian Encampment, Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Suspended

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    Police in Riot gear stand guard as demonstrators chant slogans outside the Columbia University campus, Thursday, April 18, 2024, in New York. The protesters were calling for the school to divest from corporations they claim profit from the war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York police removed a pro-Palestinian protest encampment at Columbia University on Thursday and arrested dozens of protesters.

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    Several students involved in the protest said they were also suspended from Columbia and Barnard College, including Isra Hirsi, who is the daughter of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

    Police did not immediately identify those taken into custody or say how many arrests were made.

    The congresswoman, at a hearing on Wednesday, had questioned Columbia’s president, Nemat Shafik, about the school’s targeting of pro-Palestinian protesters.


    The students had been protesting on campus since early Wednesday, demanding the school divest from companies they claim “profit from Israeli apartheid” and the Israeli military action in Gaza.

    Shafik issued a statement saying the school had warned protesters on Wednesday that they would be suspended if the encampment was not removed. School officials made the decision Thursday to call in police and clear out the demonstrators.

    “The individuals who established the encampment violated a long list of rules and policies,” she wrote.

    Shafik also said the university tried through several channels “to engage with their concerns and offered to continue discussions if they agreed to disperse.”

    The school said it was still identifying students involved in the protest Thursday and added more suspensions would be forthcoming.

    Police moved in early Thursday afternoon using zip ties to arrest protesters and escort them to waiting buses before removing the tents.

    They could not say how many people had been arrested or any charges they might face.

    Pro-Palestinian protesters reorganized on campus a short time later, chanting, “Shame”

    “We demand full amnesty for all students disciplined for their involvement in the encampment or the movement for Palestinian liberation,” the protest coalition said in a statement.

    A voicemail message was left with Omar’s office on Thursday afternoon seeking comment.


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    1 month ago

    Is it her daughter from her marriage with her brother

    ChaimReardon
    ChaimReardon
    1 month ago

    Is her daughter as good looking as she is?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A perfect moment for reliving history. Kent State II would have made an impactful statement and these “peaceniks” would have been blown away by it.

    lazerx
    lazerx
    1 month ago

    delusional leftists, they don’t belong in college,

    R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
    R Kook ZL Was a BIG TZADIK
    1 month ago

    We need to ban palestinain protestors end of story. Enough with this free speech nonsense. It puts too many lives at risk