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Columbia University

The forces which are against Israel protesters link weapons to barricade themselves in Hamilton Hall at Columbia University on April 30, 2024. Many anti-Israel protesters went into an academic building at Columbia University and took it over early Tuesday morning – hours after the school began suspending students who refused to depart from their encampment.

Anti-Israel protesters take over Columbia University academic building in latest campus chaos in 2024

Footage posted on social media shows a lot of protesters milling about inside Hamilton Hall with some placing wooden chairs and tables in the forefront of the main door to stop others from entering shortly before 1 a.m.

Another very surprising video shows a hammer-wielding demonstrator inside the building cracking two windows of an exterior door and placing what appears to be a bike lock around the door’s handles. 

Protesters link arms outside Hamilton Hall barricading students inside the building at Columbia University, even with an order to break up the protest encampment.

According to the Columbia University Daily Observer, the student newspaper, the reprobate group who made it inside tossed their belongings on the floor and then instantly began working to barricade themselves inside the building located along the South Lawn, which has been the point of the school’s anti-Israel encampment for over a week.

The protesters even covered security cameras inside Hamilton Hall with band and black trash bags, according to the paper. 

“Hey hey, ho ho, the occupation has got to go,” an opponent outside the building can be heard shouting during the wild scene, according to footage posted to X by a self-reliant news blog.

When the group pushed into the building, several campus facilities employees were still inside.

The opponent removed some of the barricades to let them out. One of the workers cried out, and struck somebody’s camera, “They held me hostage” as he left the building according to the student newspaper.

Anti-Israel who know them barricade themselves inside Hamilton Hall, where the office of the Dean is located.

Hundreds of others congregate outside the building and some linked arms to form a human chain blocking the entrance. 

“We will not leave it up to Columbia University to meet every one of our demands,” the protesters said in a directed chant. 

Four opponents wearing masks over their heads lowered a banner reading “Hind’s Hall” from a window overlooking the crowd who urge on its unwind, according to a clip posted to X.

A member of the maintenance party confronts the demonstrators attempting to stop themselves inside Hamilton Hall.

The perceivable renaming was in honor of Hind Rajab, a 6-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in Gaza with the two paramedics from the Palestine Red Crescent Society who tried to rescue her in January. 

The child was inside a vehicle that had reportedly been hit by Israeli gunfire. She called for help as she was trapped inside with her relative’s bodies, but the ambulance was blasted as it was “just meters” from reaching the vehicle, the Red Crescent said in a statement at the time. 

The little girl’s dead body was found 12 days later in the car perforated with bullet holes.

After the banner was unwound, the group at Columbia University then broke out into chants of “Free Palestine,” “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” and “Columbia, you will see – Palestine is almost free.”

Also read this: Columbia president Minouche Shafik admits talks with anti-Israel protesters have broken down 2024

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