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Charges Dropped Against Most Columbia Building Occupiers

Another 14 were offered a deal but turned it down

(Newser) - Two-thirds of the pro-Palestinian protesters arrested over the occupation of Columbia's Hamilton Hall on April 30 saw their charges dropped by New York prosecutors on Thursday. The move applies to 31 of the 46 students and staff who were arrested and hit with the misdemeanor charge of trespass in...

Pro-Palestinian Protesters No Longer Welcome Here

Cal State LA president is not happy after building takeover

(Newser) - The president of California State University, Los Angeles, said demonstrators protesting Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza are no longer welcome on campus after some of them occupied and trashed a building while she was inside, the AP reports. The takeover ended early Thursday without arrests, a school spokesperson...

Harvard Won't Speak Out on Issues That Don't Affect It

Though the university does not consider itself officially 'neutral'

(Newser) - Harvard, one of many universities under fire for its treatment of pro-Palestinian protesters on campus, announced on Tuesday that it is moving toward public neutrality—a position already adopted earlier this year at Columbia. The decision is intended to protect free speech on campus, but some critics don't consider...

Seinfeld's Wife Speaks Out on Duke Commencement Speech

She praises 'amazing crowd' that booed pro-Palestinian protesters as they walked out

(Newser) - Jessica Seinfeld is praising the "amazing crowd" of Duke University students who stayed put as dozens of others walked out on Sunday to protest her husband's commencement speech. In a post on Instagram , Jessica Seinfeld said a "small group" of protesters "tried to interrupt" Jerry Seinfeld'...

Seinfeld Speaks at Duke Graduation, Leading to Walkout

Comedian has voiced support for Israel

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld has made his support for Israel clear, and as such, some of Duke University's recent graduates were unhappy that the comedian was chosen as this year's commencement speaker. Social media videos (see one example at Fox News ) show a group of students carrying Palestinian flags...

Cops Move In at UPenn, MIT
Cops Move In at UPenn, MIT

Cops Move In at UPenn, MIT

AP reports more than 40 students and staff arrested at the 2 schools Friday

(Newser) - Police made more than 40 arrests as pro-Palestinian protest encampments were dismantled Friday at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hours after police tear-gassed demonstrators and took down a similar camp at the University of Arizona.
  • Penn: The dismantling at Penn came around 5:30am, as

Judges: If You Graduate From Columbia, We're Not Hiring

More than a dozen conservative Trump appointees sign letter saying they won't hire its grads

(Newser) - Columbia University is facing more backlash over pro-Palestine campus protests , this time from more than a dozen conservative federal judges who penned a letter over the weekend to Columbia President Minouche Shafik to inform her they won't consider Columbia grads for clerkships or other gigs—both students from the...

Irish University Meets Demands, Praises Protesters

Protesters agree to take down encampment after Trinity College Dublin agrees to meet key demands

(Newser) - In contrast to events at many campuses on the other side of the Atlantic, students at Ireland's oldest university agreed to take down an anti-Gaza war encampment after negotiations that Trinity College Dublin officials described as "very productive and very fruitful." After five days of peaceful protest,...

Cops: Man Hit Woman With Car at Pro-Palestinian Protest

NYC real estate developer is related to founder of Jewish Defense League

(Newser) - A New York real estate developer was charged with felony assault after police said he hit a woman with his car during a pro-Palestinian demonstration led by students connected to the Columbia University protest movement, the AP reports. Reuven Kahane, 57, was arrested Tuesday morning after driving his car into...

Cops, Activists Face Off on EU Campuses Over Gaza Protests

Police detained 125 at University of Amsterdam; protests also in France, Denmark, Finland

(Newser) - Police arrested about 125 activists as they broke up a pro-Palestinian demonstration camp at the University of Amsterdam early Tuesday, as protests that have roiled campuses in the United States spread into Europe. Police in the Dutch capital said in a statement on the social media platform X that their...

Student Punished for Making Monkey Sounds at Black Protester

Fraternity kicks him out, and university has launched an investigation

(Newser) - There will be consequences for the University of Mississippi student accused of taunting a Black student who was participating in a pro-Palestinian protest by mimicking a monkey or ape last week. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity says the man seen making monkey-like noises on video of the incident was previously...

Columbia University Scraps This Year's Commencement

Traditional university-wide event won't take place, though smaller-scale ceremonies will

(Newser) - Columbia will have no school-wide commencement ceremony as in years past. The Ivy League university said Monday it was scrapping the traditional event because of security concerns amid a season of campus protests , reports the Wall Street Journal . However, the school said smaller-scale ceremonies at individual schools will go on...

25 Arrested in Charlottesville in Latest Campus Protest

Demonstrations also take place during University of Michigan commencement

(Newser) - The campus unrest continues, and the AP rounds up events:
  • Virginia: Twenty-five people were arrested for trespassing at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville after police clashed with pro-Palestinian protesters. University police moved in after declaring the days-long encampment an "unlawful assembly." Students were pushed to the ground,

Biden's Young Dems Problem: 'They're Leaving in Droves'

President is getting pushback from junior members of his own party over Gaza deaths, Israel support

(Newser) - With the 2024 election just over six months away, President Biden is working with two big thorns in his side that threaten to damage his reelection bid: Israel's continued war against Hamas in Gaza, and the subsequent campus protests that are roiling colleges and universities across the US. Axios...

Cops Tell UPenn They're Not Touching Encampment

At least not yet, per the department, saying there's no 'imminent danger' from pro-Palestinian protest

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Palestinian protests happening at college campuses around the nation, "all eyes" in Philly have been trained on the encampment at the University of Pennsylvania, where protests and counterprotests about the war in Gaza have been taking place since last month. The demonstrators have said they won't...

NYPD Confirms Shot Was Fired in Columbia Building

Police say officer accidentally fired shot while using flashlight on gun

(Newser) - The NYPD has confirmed that a rumor circulating among Columbia University students is true. A police spokesperson told the City on Thursday that an officer fired a shot when police stormed a campus building occupied by student protesters Tuesday night. The spokesperson said the officer was using a flashlight on...

Campus Arrests Overall Top 2K
Campus Arrests Overall Top 2K

Campus Arrests Overall Top 2K

AP keeps tally since Columbia protest began on April 17

(Newser) - Police have arrested more than 2,000 people during pro-Palestinian protests at college campuses across the US in recent weeks, according to an AP tally Thursday. In the past 24 hours, the unrest has drawn the most attention at UCLA , where chaotic scenes played out early Thursday when officers in...

Kristof: Campus Protests May Actually Backfire on Gazans

'NYT' columnist warns they may be more of a distraction than a tangible way to help

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof has criticized Israel's conduct in Gaza as well as President Biden's support for the war, and thus "my heart's with the cause" of campus protesters , he writes in a New York Times op-ed. However, he worries that the protests—particularly the vandalism and reports...

Biden Speaks Out on Student Protests

'Order must prevail,' he says

(Newser) - "Dissent is essential for democracy. But dissent must never lead to disorder," President Biden said Thursday in his latest remarks on the protests against the war in Gaza that have erupted at dozens of universities across the country. The New York Times reports that Biden "tried to...

Police Start Breaking Up UCLA Encampment
UCLA Encampment Cleared,
With 130-Plus Arrests

UCLA Encampment Cleared, With 130-Plus Arrests

Hundreds of officers moved in on protest camp before dawn

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. After hours of threatening arrests over loudspeakers, police began breaking up a pro-Palestinian protest encampment on the UCLA campus before dawn on Thursday. The AP reports that the sound of flash-bangs could be heard as hundreds of officers moved in and started...

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