Columbia Encampment
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Hundreds of protesters at Columbia University defied the administration's warning that protesters at the tent encampment erected two weeks ago had until 2 p.m. today (Monday) to leave or face suspension from the university.

“It is important for you to know that the university has already identified many students in the encampment,” a warning letter to the protesters reads. “If you do not leave by 2 p.m., you will be suspended pending further investigation.”

The letter continues, “If you voluntarily leave by 2 p.m., identify yourself to a university official, and sign the provided form where you commit to abide by all university policies through June 30, 2025, or the date of the conferral of your degree, whichever is earlier, you will be eligible to complete the semester in good standing."

2 p.m. in New York City is 9 p.m. in Israel. After the deadline passed, protesters began a new chant, “It is right to rebel, Columbia go to hell.”

NYPD buses were seen near the university as the deadline approached. It is unclear if the university will call on the NYPD to remove the protesters who refused to leave despite the deadline.

Earlier, Columbia President Minouche Shafik said that efforts to reach a negotiated agreement with the protesters have failed.

“Regretfully, we were not able to come to an agreement,” Shafik said.

“We are consulting with a broader group in our community to explore alternative internal options to end this crisis as soon as possible,” she added.

The current wave of anti-Israel protests began witj the erection of a tent city on the campus of Columbia University on April 17, and quickly spread to other colleges across the nation.

One of the organizers of the Columbia protests was recorded on video saying “Zionists – they don’t deserve to live comfortably, let alone Zionists don’t deserve to live. The same way we’re very comfortable accepting that Nazis don’t deserve to live, racists don’t deserve to live – Zionists, they shouldn’t live in this world.”

During the protests at Columbia, protesters threatened Jews with "10,000" October 7 massacres, chanted "we are Hamas," and held signs pointing at Jewish students calling on Hamas to make them the terrorist organization's next targets.

An Orthodox rabbi at Columbia warned Jewish students to stay away from campus for their own safety during the protests.

Professor Shai Davidai, an Israel-born Columbia University professor, has been standing up to the anti-Israel mobs on campus. After he was blocked from campus on Monday, Davidi wrote a post addressing Columbia COO Cas Holloway.

"You were just doing your job when you denied a Jewish professor access to campus (by the way, all I wanted to do was to read the names of the 133 hostages, thanks for asking)," Davidi wrote to Holloway.

He continued: "You were just doing your job when you sided with those that support Hamas."

"You were just doing your job when you couldn't say for a full minute whether Hamas is a terrorist organization. (remember that meeting? It's all recorded. You were just doing your job)," Davidi said.