Columbia threatens to expel students occupying campus building

Demonstrators from the pro-Palestinian encampment on Columbia's campus show a banner as they barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall, an academic building which has been occupied in past student movements, and name it after a Palestinian child allegedly killed in Gaza, April 30, 2024 in New York City. (Alex Kent/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)
Demonstrators from the pro-Palestinian encampment on Columbia's campus show a banner as they barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall, an academic building which has been occupied in past student movements, and name it after a Palestinian child allegedly killed in Gaza, April 30, 2024 in New York City. (Alex Kent/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)

Columbia University says that students occupying the campus’s prestigious Hamilton Hall as part of anti-Israel protests face being expelled from their academic programs, the latest move in a standoff with school officials.

“Students occupying the building face expulsion,” Columbia’s office of public affairs says in a statement, adding that the protesters were provided “the opportunity to leave peacefully,” but instead declined and escalated the situation.

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