Columbia University Canceles In-Person Classes Amid Protests Over War in Gaza

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New York City police officers 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)
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Protests continue at Columbia University and they’ve moved to virtual classes as tensions heighten amidst ongoing protests about the war in Gaza. This marks the sixth day of unrest on the campus. The administration has beefed up security in response, deploying at least an additional 111 safety personnel and doubling the number of campus guards.

Tents erected by Pro-Palestine protesters stand in an encampment at the Columbia University campus in New York on Monday April 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

The president has addressed the community, asserting the importance of heightened security measures during this critical period. These steps include rigorous ID checks and increased presence of personnel at entry points and the perimeter. The protests sparked a wide reaction, with over 100 students arrested after a recent encampment was dismantled.

The White House and New York Mayor Eric Adams condemned the anti-Semitic undertones of the protests, stressing the importance of peaceful protests and the unacceptability of violence and intimidation. The conflict was triggered by events dating back to the October 7 attacks on Israel, which have fueled divisive sentiments on campus.

Columbia University professors speak in solidarity with their students rights to protest free from arrest at the Columbia University campus in New York on Monday April 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Amid these developments, a rabbi affiliated with Columbia University urged Jewish students to stay off campus for their safety.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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