Columbia University faces backlash over handling of Gaza solidarity protest

Cameron Jones, a lead organizer at Columbia University for the Jewish Voice for Peace activist group, spoke exclusively to the media, highlighting the groundswell of support seeking the resignation of the university’s leadership.

Tensions are escalating at Columbia University as students express outrage over the university’s handling of the Gaza Solidarity protest, with calls for the resignation of the university’s leadership gaining momentum.

Cameron Jones, a lead organizer at Columbia University for the Jewish Voice for Peace activist group, spoke exclusively to the media, highlighting the groundswell of support seeking the resignation of the university’s leadership.

Jones stated that the university has repeatedly attempted to silence pro-Palestine voices on the campus, but every attempt to suppress us only fuels the evident determination of students. With each attempt, their rallies and protests accelerate in size.

He expressed certainty that there would be significant backlash from the student body, faculty, and alumni in the coming weeks. he stated that their community will not tolerate violent police tactics on their campus, and they shall continue to stand up for their beliefs.

The Gaza Solidarity protest at Columbia University gained momentum after students occupied Hamilton Hall and renamed it Hind Hall in memory of Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian girl killed by Israeli forces in Gaza City earlier this year.

The protest comes amid renewed violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sparked by clashes in East Jerusalem and the forced eviction of Palestinian families. The conflict has led to a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, drawing international attention and condemnation.

Jones also emphasized the growing support for Columbia University President Manouche Shafik’s resignation, as well as calls for a comprehensive investigation into the events of the past few weeks.

“There is widespread support for Manouche Shafik to resign, and demands for a thorough investigation into recent events,” Jones stated.

As pressure mounts on Columbia University’s leadership, the Gaza Solidarity protest continues to gain support both on and off campus, highlighting the broader conversation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the right to peaceful protest.