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Rep. Ilhan Omar's daughter arrested, suspended from college for pro-Palestinian protests

Rep. Omar had questioned Columbia University's president about campus protests a day earlier

The daughter of Minnesota Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested Thursday while participating in pro-Palestinian protests in New York, and said she was suspended from her private liberal arts college in the city for her participation.

At a news conference, New York City police confirmed that Isra Hirsi was among the 108 protesters arrested for alleged trespassing. The confirmation of Hirsi's arrest came after comments from Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Edward Caban, who said Columbia University requested police to respond to the protests, and to "intervene if necessary."

Hirsi said she was among a few Barnard College students who were suspended for participating in a "Gaza Solidarity Encampment" at Columbia University. Barnard and Columbia are partner schools across the street from each other.


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