Pro-Palestine activists occupy building at Columbia University

Dozens of demonstrators stormed Hamilton Hall as part of their protest over the war in Gaza

Anti-Israel demonstrators stormed and seized an academic building at Columbia University in New York, in the latest escalation of the protest movement against Israel’s war in Gaza that has unfolded across US college campuses.
According to multiple videos posted online and local media reports, dozens of protesters crowded outside Hamilton Hall on Columbia’s Manhattan campus early on Tuesday. They then started smashing windows and broke into the building. The hall is known for having been similarly occupied during a 1968 civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protest at the university.
The protesters have since barricaded the entrances to the hall and unfurled a Palestinian flag out of one of its windows, as well as banner renaming the building ‘Hind’s Hall,’ after Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian killed in Gaza three months ago.

Dozens of Columbia students and community members have barricaded themselves inside the Hamilton building to protest the University’s complicity in the genocidal war on Gaza. Hundreds of students are picketing outside the building as well as the encampment. — Mohammed El-Kurd (@m7mdkurd)

Some protesters later formed a human chain outside the building.

Kristallnacht is at Columbia University right now. — The Mossad: Satirical, Yet Awesome (@TheMossadIL)

Columbia confirmed the occupation of Hamilton Hall and warned students by email to stay away from campus on Tuesday.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Students have taken over Hamilton Hall. This escalation is in line with uprisings in 1968, 1985 and 1996, which Columbia repressed then and celebrates today.All power to students putting their bodies and livelihoods on the line to stand against genocide. — Palestinian Youth Movement (@palyouthmvmt)

The protests at Columbia had previously largely been limited to an encampment on the university’s main lawn. However, the school ordered the activists to dismantle the encampment, and started suspending those involved after a deadline to abandon the makeshift camp expired at 2pm local time on Monday.

🚨 HAPPENING NOW: Columbia University students have occupied a campus building, Hamilton Hall, the site of the historic 1968 occupation. The movement for Palestine stands strong! — The People’s Forum (@PeoplesForumNYC)

The anti-Israel protest movement has spread across many colleges in the US, with students demanding that Israel end its war in Gaza, and that universities and the US government financially “divest” from Israel.

Many demonstrations have resulted in tense standoffs between police and activists, as well as multiple arrests. This has become another point of focus in the protests, with students and a growing number of faculty now demanding amnesty for detained protesters.