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US lawmaker’s daughter suspended for pro-Palestine protest


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Isra Hirsi has said she was suspended after police raided a demonstration at Columbia University

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar’s daughter has been suspended from Columbia University for taking part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration on campus. The protest camp was raided by police on Thursday.

Demonstrators set up around 50 tents in front of the New York university on Wednesday, demanding that college officials cut ties with Israel-linked companies and publicly call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The following day, university President Nemat Shafik summoned the New York Police Department to clear the camp, explaining in a letter to faculty that the protesters had “violated a long list of rules and policies.”

Columbia University said that all of the arrested students had been suspended. At least three students were suspended, but not arrested. Among them was Isra Hirsi, Omar’s daughter.

“I’m an organizer with CU Apartheid Divest,” Hirsi wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday. “In my 3 years at Barnard College I have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings. I just received notice that i am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide.”

“Those of us in Gaza Solidarity Encampment will not be intimidated. We will stand resolute until our demands are met,” she continued. “Our demands include divestment from companies complicit in genocide, transparency of Columbia’s investments and FULL amnesty for all students facing repression.”  (more...)

US lawmaker’s daughter suspended for pro-Palestine protest

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