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The Columbia protests that ignited nationwide campus demonstrations

Columbia University President Shafik’s decision to involve the NYPD in clearing pro-Palestinian protesters sparked similar demonstrations nationwide. Students and faculty felt suppressed leading to spate of protests demanding the university sever financial ties with Israel. Demonstrations were inspired by the apartheid movement in South Africa, but faced backlash from politicians such as House Speaker Johnson advocating for law and order. The situation escalated, with some Jewish students facing antisemitism and concerns for their safety on campus. The administration faced criticism for handling the protests, with calls for President Shafik’s resignation. The protests and arrests at various universities have drawn attention from national leaders amidst escalating tensions.


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