Updated April 23rd, 2024 at 12:41 IST

Chaos in Campuses: Pro-Palestine Protesters at NYU, Including Faculty Members, Apprehended by NYPD

Since last week's arrest of over 100 Gaza war protesters at Columbia University, pro-Palestine demonstrations have sprung up at various campuses in US.

Reported by: Sagar Kar
Representative image | Image:AP
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In the latest incident reflecting tensions surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict, the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that a pro-Palestinian demonstration at NYU led to several individuals being taken into custody on Monday night. This event follows a series of similar protests and crackdowns across US universities, including Yale and Columbia.

Since last week's arrest of over 100 Gaza war protesters at Columbia University, pro-Palestine demonstrations have sprung up at various campuses in US, including Berkeley, MIT, Emerson College, and Tufts University.

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Faculty members apprehended 

Details regarding the number of arrests or summonses issued by the NYPD remain unclear. Notably, faculty members were among those apprehended during the NYU protest, as confirmed by an NYPD spokesperson to CNN. The NYU Faculty for Justice in Palestine expressed criticism, alleging that NYU had authorized the NYPD to arrest individuals standing in solidarity with Palestine, including students, faculty, and staff. 

What is NYU saying?

NYU spokesperson John Beckman addressed the incident, stating that university officials had erected barriers to maintain order during the protest. However, the situation escalated when additional individuals, believed to be unaffiliated with NYU, breached the barriers, leading to confrontations and reports of antisemitic incidents.

Beckman emphasized that protesters were instructed to clear the plaza by 4 p.m., assuring that no disciplinary action or police intervention would occur if they complied. The refusal of some protesters to leave prompted university officials to seek assistance from law enforcement.

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The delicate balance between free speech and safety

The rise in reports of antisemitic incidents on college campuses since the Gaza conflict began has prompted the Education Department to launch investigations into alleged discrimination. This incident at NYU adds to the growing concern over the intersection of free speech, activism, and campus safety.

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The clash at NYU underscores the complex challenges universities face in balancing freedom of expression with maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all students and faculty.

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Published April 23rd, 2024 at 12:33 IST