Barnard College bans dorm decorations amid plastering of incendiary signs on Israel-Hamas war

Anti-Israel protesters march past the Milstein building at Barnard-Columbia University on February 2, 2024, in New York City. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images/AFP)
Anti-Israel protesters march past the Milstein building at Barnard-Columbia University on February 2, 2024, in New York City. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images/AFP)

Barnard College in New York has imposed a ban on external dorm decorations amid complaints over incendiary signs regarding the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.

One of those stickers plastered on a dorm room door read, “Zionism is terrorism,” according to a New York Times report on the phenomenon.

All but “official items placed by the college” will be taken down, Barnard Dean Leslie Grinage wrote in an email to students.

“While many decorations and fixtures on doors serve as a means of helpful communication amongst peers, we are also aware that some may have the unintended effect of isolating those who have different views and beliefs,” she wrote.

The new policy is facing pushback from pro-Palestinian groups on campus.

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