Columbia president makes classes virtual due to ‘intimidating and harassing’ behavior of pro-Palestinian protesters

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced a shift to virtual classes on Monday due to campus unrest following clashes between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protesters. 

Shafik issued the announcement early Monday, citing a need to “deescalate the rancor” and “reset.” Last week, more than 100 students at Columbia University and Barnard College were arrested for being involved with a “Gaza Solidarity Encampment,” which escalated into antisemitic incidents across the New York City campuses. 

“We need a reset,” Shafik said. “To deescalate the rancor and give us all a chance to consider next steps, I am announcing that all classes will be held virtually on Monday.”

She also condemned the antisemitic rhetoric used by the protesters. 

“Over the past days, there have been too many examples of intimidating and harassing behavior on our campus. Antisemitic language, like any other language that
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