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Columbia University Suspends Student Unions That Called for Gaza Ceasefire

The American Columbia University announced on Friday that it is suspending the operation of two student associations, which organized demonstrations with a central demand for a ceasefire in war between Israel and Hamasaccusing them that “repeatedly violated” the rules for organizing events on its premises.

The two clubs, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), have been suspended until the end of the fall semester, Gerald Rosberg, the university’s vice president, said in a statement from the university. .

“This decision was made after the two clubs repeatedly violated the university’s policies for holding events on its premises, culminating in an unlicensed event that was held despite warnings and included threatening rhetoric and intimidation.”according to Columbia’s vice president.

Mr Rosberg made it clear that the suspension would only be lifted if the two clubs showed a willingness to comply with the institution’s rules.

“This will guarantee the safety of our community and the uninterrupted conduct of the university’s main activities”added the executive vice president.

Hundreds of Columbia students walked out of class Thursdayaccording to American media, to participate in a demonstration organized by the two clubs.

In this mobilization, they called on the US government to put pressure on a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.where Israel’s relentless shelling has killed more than 11,000 people, mostly civilians, including more than 4,500 children, according to Hamas’ health ministry.

The bombings are in retaliation for an October 7 attack by Palestinian Islamist militants in Israel that left 1,200 dead, most of them civilians, according to a downwardly revised toll released yesterday by Israeli authorities.

According to reports in the American press, some of the students demanded that the university label Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip as “genocide” and stop cooperating with Israeli institutions.

Source: News Beast

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