Unrest on American campuses: Jewish students at Columbia feel discomfort and isolation following unrest


April 26, 2024

Jackie Hajdenberg

A Columbia student wraps tefillin, while in the background, a pro-Palestinian encampment enters its third day.

(JTA) - Yakira Galler, a first-year student at Barnard College, has had trouble sleeping.

Galler has an apartment that looks out onto Broadway, which divides Columbia University's campus from Barnard, its women's college. Each night this week, she has heard crowds of protesters banging pots and pans, chanting "Intifada, revolution" and calling for the Ivy League university to divest from Israel.

The street protests accompanied a much larger on-campus demonstration that devolved into unrest on April 18, when the university asked police to dismantle an encampment pro-Palestinian students had set...

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