University Suspends Student Groups Hosting Anti-Israel Rallies

Columbia University’s administration announced Friday that it was suspending two pro-Palestinian student groups, accusing the groups of violating university rules for hosting on-campus events.

In a Friday statement, Gerald Rosberg, the senior executive vice president of the university and the chairman of the special committee on campus safety, announced that the Columbia chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace had been suspended for the remainder of the semester.

“This decision was made after the two groups repeatedly violated University policies related to holding campus events, culminating in an unauthorized event Thursday afternoon that proceeded despite warnings and included threatening rhetoric and intimidation,” Rosberg said in the announcement.

Both student groups, which have chapters at universities all over the country, have drawn intense scrutiny over the past month for statements and activities expressing support for Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel. The attack claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Israeli citizens, some of whom were beheaded or raped. (Read more from “University Suspends Student Groups Hosting Anti-Israel Rallies” HERE)

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