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Columbia begins suspending students who refuse to leave encampment

NEW YORK - Columbia University on Monday began suspending students who refused to leave a pro-Palestinian encampment after negotiations with protesters failed and the students ignored a warning that remaining would jeopardize their status on campus.

The university said that the nearly two-week-long protest violated university policies, created an unwelcoming environment for Jewish students, and represented a "noisy distraction" for those preparing for exams and commencement.

Protesters responded with defiance, encircling the encampment and chanting anti-Israel slogans, including, "It is right to rebel! Israel can go to hell!" and "No more money for Israel's crimes!" By Monday afternoon, dozens of students were still in the encampment at the center of the university's Morningside campus, some dancing to Middle Eastern music playing on a stereo.


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