Ilhan Omar Breaks Silence On Columbia Protest

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( – On Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) praised Columbia University students for their support for a cease-fire in Gaza. She further pointed out that there needed to be attention to the “genocide in Gaza.” Following the protests the local authorities had arrested dozens of students, one of whom was her daughter. 

Omar took to social media posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, to write that on Thursday there had been a number of students who had been arrested over their peaceful protests which had been in support of the Gaza Solidarity movement. She continued by praising the students for the mutual aid they had exhibited and argued that it was important that attention continued to be on the Gaza genocide. 

Monday was the sixth day that there were pro-Palestine demonstrations at Columbia. Over 100 students, including Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Rep. Omar, had been arrested over trespassing charges. The protests have also been pushing for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war and to stop all United States military aid from being sent to Israel.
Last week Columbia leadership authorized the New York Police Department to arrest the students. They had also informed student protesters that they would be suspending them from campus.

The protesters, however, were not deterred by the arrests, and in the last few days, there has even been an expansion of the demonstrations. Similar protests have also occurred on a number of college campuses around the United States. 

Barnard College also suspended three students, including Hirsi, and cut off their access to school-provided housing and food. 

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