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Columbia University to switch to virtual classes due to safety concerns following warning from Jewish leaders amidst pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

A growing number of leaders and organizations have called on Columbia University and its president to protect students amid reports of antisemitic and offensive statements and actions on and near its campus. The protests and encampment on campus have raised concerns about free speech and the safety of students. The university president, Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, condemned the antisemitic behavior and announced plans to address the crisis. Pro-Palestinian activists have protested Israel’s actions in Gaza and called for divestment from companies connected to Israel. Concerns about safety on campus have led some Jewish students to consider leaving, while others believe staying is a sign of strength. Campus protests in solidarity with Columbia have also taken place at other universities in the United States.


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