Pro-Palestinian Protests at U.S. Universities

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Pro-Palestinian Protests Sweep U.S. Universities

Pro-Palestinian Protests Sweep U.S. Universities

Demonstrations and arrests spread across some of America’s most influential universities on Monday, as administrators struggled to defuse tensions on campuses over pro-Palestinian protests. Nearly 50 people were arrested at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., following the arrests last week of more than 100 protesters at Columbia University in New York City. The arrests unleashed a wave of activism across other campuses, including M.I.T., the University of Michigan, and Stanford University, as protesters sought their universities’ divestment from companies with ties to Israel and a cease-fire in Israel’s war on Gaza.

Challenges Faced by University Leaders

Challenges Faced by University Leaders

The flurry of protests has presented a steep challenge for university leaders, as some Jewish students say they have faced harassment and antisemitic comments. Early Monday morning, Columbia announced a same-day shift to online classes because of the protests. The protests have led to online classes being conducted and shifts in university schedules. Here are scenes from the protests:

Pro-Palestinian Protests at U.S. Universities

  • Pro-Israel protester rallying outside Columbia University’s campus gates.
  • Pro-Palestinian students at Yale University chanting, “Disclose, divest, we will not stop, we will not rest.”
  • Officers detaining a pro-Palestinian protester outside Columbia’s gates.
  • Protesters at New York University demanding a permanent cease-fire in Gaza.
  • Representative Mike Lawler, a New York Republican, calling for Columbia’s president to “resign in disgrace.”
  • Students erecting encampments at several Boston-area universities like M.I.T. to show solidarity with Palestinians and protesters at Columbia.
  • Protesters gathering around Columbia’s College Walk as a speaker addressed them from the Sundial.
  • A group of pro-Palestinian students guarding their protest site on Columbia’s central campus lawn.
  • Shai Davidai, a Jewish Columbia professor, speaking outside the campus gates on Monday after saying his university ID had been deactivated.
  • Students at Yale occupying an intersection near Woodbridge Hall.
  • A tent encampment where pro-Palestine protesters gathered in front of the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.

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