COLUMBIA AND CAMPUS PROTESTS

Columbia Threatens Students With Suspension If Camp Not Dispersed

As Columbia University administration refuses to divest from Israel and fails to meet other demands of the protesters, there is only one choice left for students: either disperse the camp or face suspension.

Abdullah Ayasun
Dialogue & Discourse
5 min readApr 29, 2024

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(A general view of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Columbia University's main campus in New York City. Photo Credit: Abdullah Ayasun, Morningside Heights)

Three days after I left the main campus of Columbia University, the long-awaited news trickled out on social media: the university administration issued a final ultimatum to students who set up an encampment in solidarity with people in Gaza nearly two weeks ago. Either students dismantle the camp themselves or face suspension from the university.

Following days of drama, protests, and counter-protests, President Minouche Shafik conceded that the negotiations with the organizing leaders of the Gaza Solidarity Encampment fell apart with no tangible progress. In a statement released on Monday, the president announced the board’s decision: Columbia University will not divest from Israel.

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Abdullah Ayasun
Dialogue & Discourse

Boston-based journalist and writer. Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. On art, culture, politics and everything in between. X: @abyasun