Columbia Student Groups form Coalition to Counter Crackdown on Palestine Activism, Demand Divestment from Israel – Michael Arria 11/15/23


More than 40 Columbia University student groups have formed a coalition to demand that the school divest from Israeli apartheid.

The launch of Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) comes shortly after the administration suspended the groups Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) from campus. The coalition was announced on Tuesday night, at a protest that drew hundreds of faculty and students.

In addition to the divestment demand, CUAD (which includes Columbia Law Students for Palestine, Sunrise Columbia, and Young Democratic Socialists of America) is also calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, the cancellation of a new Columbia campus in Tel Aviv, and the suspension on SJP and JVP to be lifted.

In a statement published in the Columbia Spectator CUAD notes that the alliance was first formed in 2016 and that they passed a school-wide referendum in 2020 in favor of divestment that was overturned by then-president Lee Bollinger….

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