Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Arrested at Anti-Israel Protest at Columbia University

2024-04-19 06:00:27

Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), was arrested on Thursday during a large anti-Israel protest at Columbia University, just as the school president was answering questions from congress about antisemitism at the school.

Hirsi was also suspended from Barnard College, a women’s college that’s affiliated with Columbia.

FOX News reports:

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s daughter arrested and released amid NYC anti-Israel protests at Columbia University

The daughter of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was arrested Thursday at anti-Israel protests at Columbia University, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

Isra Hirsi was in the custody of the New York Police Department and put into flex cuffs or zip ties and will face trespassing charges, according to sources. She was among more than 100 people issued a summons for trespassing, the NYPD said.

Hirsi was released hours later from NYPD headquarters.

Earlier in the day, Hirsi said she was suspended from Barnard College, located near Columbia, for “standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide.”

“Those of us in Gaza Solidarity Encampment will not be intimidated,” she wrote on X. “We will stand resolute until our demands are met. our [sic] demands include divestment from companies complicit in genocide, transparency of @Columbia’s investments and FULL amnesty for all students facing repression.”

Dozens of anti-Israel activists began protesting at Columbia University Wednesday morning, creating an encampment on the main lawn in protest of Israel’s war against Hamas. Fiery protests continued into the overnight hours with calls for an intifada and the death of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Barnard College addressed the situation in an update:

Dear Barnard Community Members,

As many of you already know, during the early hours of Wednesday, April 17, 2024, a group of Columbia and Barnard students set up an unauthorized encampment on Columbia’s South Lawn with the stated intention to remain. We want to share information directly with you about the University and College responses to this unauthorized encampment.

Before noon on April 17, Columbia made multiple requests that students participating in the unauthorized encampment leave the lawn. A number of Barnard Senior Staff also went to the lawn to ask Barnard students participating in the encampment to leave and to advise Barnard students that they would be subject to sanctions at Barnard if they did not leave the encampment.

Members of the Barnard Senior Staff provided participants in the unauthorized encampment with written warnings at approximately 7 p.m. on April 17. These written warnings stated that students would receive interim suspensions if they did not leave the encampment by 9 p.m. on April 17.

This morning, April 18, we started to place identified Barnard students remaining in the encampment on interim suspension, and we will continue to do so.

Hirsi posted this to Twitter/X:

The scene at Columbia was pretty crazy.

Featured image via YouTube.


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