Columbia protesters unfurl ‘intifada’ banner at seized building

Anti-Israel demonstrators barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in New York City on April 30, 2024. (Alex Kent / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Anti-Israel demonstrators barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in New York City on April 30, 2024. (Alex Kent / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Columbia Spectator student newspaper reports that New York City police officers in unmarked cars have arrived outside a building taken over by pro-Palestinian protesters at Columbia University’s campus.

It is unclear if police were invited onto the campus or plan to take action against demonstrators barricading themselves inside Hamilton Hall or hundreds now gathered outside to rally in support of the occupation of the building.

The paper reports that banners unfurled from the building’s windows include ones reading “intifada” and “Gaza Calls Columbia Falls.”

There is no statement from city or school officials.

Demonstrators supporting Palestinians in Gaza barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in New York City on April 30, 2024. (Alex Kent / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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