Columbia Threatens To Expel Anti-Israel Students Occupying Campus Building

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Columbia University announced Tuesday afternoon that anti-Israel student protesters occupying a building on campus will face expulsion.

Pro-Palestinian protestors barricaded themselves inside of Columbia’s Hamilton Hall Tuesday morning after they were ordered by the university to abandon their encampment on the institution’s quad. One worker reportedly said that the protesters had held him “hostage,” according to the Columbia Spectator.

“Students occupying the building face expulsion,” Columbia spokesperson Ben Chang announced in a statement addressing the protestors.

“Our top priority is restoring safety and order on our campus,” he continued. “As we said yesterday, disruptions on campus have created a threatening environment for many of our Jewish students and faculty.” (RELATED: Columbia Issues Ultimatum To Student Protesters: Leave Or Face Suspension)

Protestors occupying the building reportedly used hammers to smash windows and gain entrance then constructed blockades to prevent themselves from being removed.

Protesters force their way into Hamilton Hall at Columbia University

Protesters force their way into Hamilton Hall at Columbia University (Screenshot/X/DrEliDavid)

Columbia University declined to comment when previously asked by the Daily Caller News Foundation if they would press charges against the protestors.

Columbia’s statement highlights that student protestors participating in the encampment were given an opportunity to leave after being notified that their behavior violated university policy, and that the university is suspending students who remained at the encampment after being ordered to leave.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

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