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Ilhan Omar’s daughter suspended by Columbia University for Gaza protest

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Ilhan Omar’s daughter, Isra Hirsi, said she had been suspended from Barnard College, Columbia University, for taking part in a protest encampment over the Gaza war and the university’s investments in Israel.

Dozens of students had camped out for two days at the university campus before police moved in on Thursday morning to break it up.

The suspension came just one day after congresswoman Omar had grilled the university’s president about the targeting of pro-Palestinian protesters at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“i’m an organizer with CU Apartheid Divest @ColumbiaSJP, in my 3 years at @BarnardCollege i have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings,” Ms Hirsi wrote on X.

“i just received notice that i am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide,” she added.

She wrote in a separate post: “those of us in Gaza Solidarity Encampment will not be intimidated. we will stand resolute until our demands are met. our demands include divestment from companies complicit in genocide, transparency of @Columbia’s investments and FULL amnesty for all students facing repression.”

Congresswoman Omar has previously expressed support for the protesting students, writing that Coliumbia had “an incredible history of students fighting for a more just world.”

Videos posted to social media on Thursday appeared to show NYPD officers arresting some members of the encampment.

A Columbia University spokesperson noted that Ms Hirsi is a student at Barnard College, which is part of the university but retains some independence. But they added of the protests: “Students who are participating in the unauthorized encampment are suspended. We are continuing to identify them and will be sending out formal notifications.”

Barnard College did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Independent.

The suspension comes after the president of Columbia University, Nemat Shafik, was grilled by Ms Omar on Wednesday during a Congressional hearing on what the congresswoman described as the “targeting” of pro-Palestinian protesters on campus by private investigators hired by the university.

The hearing was focused on antisemitism on campus.

Ms Shafik said the case referred to by Ms Omar related to students who held an online call with “people who were inciting violence.”

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