Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Demand End to Israeli-Hamas Conflict in New York

New York City protests at Columbia University and The City College of New York result in 282 arrests, with many non-students among those detained. The demonstrations are part of a larger movement across over 100 US campuses, calling for an end to the Israeli-Hamas conflict.

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Hundreds Arrested as Pro-Palestinian Protests Sweep Across New York Campuses

Hundreds Arrested as Pro-Palestinian Protests Sweep Across New York Campuses

New York City witnessed a wave of pro-Palestinian demonstrations on Tuesday as protesters rallied at Columbia University and The City College of New York, demanding an end to the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict. The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that the protests resulted in the arrest of 282 people, with a significant portion of those arrested not affiliated with the us, campus, universities, protest.

Why this matters: The protests highlight the growing international pressure to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the need for diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Hamas conflict. The protests highlight the growing international pressure to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the need for diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Hamas conflict. The conflict's continued escalation will have significant implications for regional stability and international relations.

At Columbia University, 46 people were arrested inside Hamilton Hall and charged with one count of trespassing. The City College of New York saw an even higher number of non-affiliated protesters, with 60% of those arrested not being students or staff at the institution. In total, 74 people were arraigned on Wednesday and Thursday in connection to the events at both schools on April 30.

The arrests extended beyond trespassing charges, with at least six people facing burglary charges related to the protests. Among them was James Carlson, 40, who faces charges of criminal trespass in the third degree and arson from a separate index. Aidan Parisi, Amelia Fuller, Jacob Gabriel, and Rudy Martinez were also arrested on burglary charges. Fuller was fired from her position at the New York Botanical Gardens after making a statement about the October 7 attacks on Israel.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry stated that protesters could be charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief, and trespassing. The New York Botanical Gardens, in response to Fuller's arrest, said in a statement, "We take this matter very seriously, and following an immediate investigation, this individual is no longer employed by NYBG."

The protests in New York are part of a larger movement that has spread to more than 100 campuses across the United States, with organizers and protesters demanding that their institutions divest from Israeli companies and weapons manufacturers. They are also pressuring the U.S. government to end its support for the war.

Fatima Mohammed, an organizer with the New York City-based pro-Palestinian organization Within Our Lifetime, emphasized the purpose of the protests, stating, "We are protesting not to assert our First Amendment rights, but we are protesting to end this genocide. We are protesting to call for a dismantling of Zionism, which includes complete divestment of universities' financial relationships with Israeli companies and Israel itself."

The Israeli-Hamas conflict has taken a heavy toll on the Palestinian population, with Gaza's health ministry reporting more than 34,000 Palestinians killed, the majority being women and children, and over 77,000 injured. An estimated 7,000 people are believed to be missing under rubble. The current conflict escalated after Hamas militants killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took roughly 250 hostages in an attack on southern Israel on October 7.

President Joe Biden addressed the protests in unscheduled remarks from the White House, denouncing the violence at some demonstrations while affirming the right to peaceful protest. "We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people or squash dissent. The American people are heard. In fact, peaceful protest is in the best tradition of how Americans respond to consequential issues," Biden said.

The pro-Palestinian protests continue to spread across the United States, with over 2,100 arrests made in the past two weeks. The rallies in New York serve as a microcosm of the larger movement, highlighting the passion and determination of those advocating for an end to the violence and a reevaluation of the U.S. government's role in the conflict. The international community watches closely, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Hamas conflict, while the protests highlight the urgent need for dialogue and diplomatic efforts to address the long-standing tensions in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • 282 people arrested in NYC pro-Palestinian protests at Columbia University and The City College of New York.
  • Protests demand an end to the Israeli-Hamas conflict and US divestment from Israeli companies.
  • 60% of those arrested at The City College of New York were not students or staff.
  • Over 2,100 arrests made in US pro-Palestinian protests in the past two weeks.
  • President Joe Biden denounces violence, affirms right to peaceful protest.