Columbia drops midnight deadline for dismantling anti-Israel camp, citing ‘progress’ in talks with protesters

Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protesters gather at an encampment at Columbia University campus in New York on April 25, 2024. (Leonardo Munoz/AFP)
Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel protesters gather at an encampment at Columbia University campus in New York on April 25, 2024. (Leonardo Munoz/AFP)

Columbia University has retreated from a midnight (0400 GMT Friday) deadline for anti-Israel protesters to abandon an encampment there as more college campuses in the United States battled to prevent encampments from taking hold.

“The talks have shown progress and are continuing as planned,” the office of Columbia University president Minouche Shafik says in a statement. “We have our demands; they have theirs.”

Authorities across the US have been taking an increasingly hardline approach in shutting down anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian student encampments before they can take root, as they pop up at universities throughout the country calling for divestment from Israel amid the war in Gaza.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report. 

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