Major Columbia protest organizers have ties to left-wing donors

Some pro-Palestinian protesters causing chaos at Columbia University and other campuses this week belong to groups that have financial ties to prominent left-wing donors.

Tensions continue to flare at Columbia as the pro-Palestinian protesters enter their seventh day of occupying part of campus. The protest has seen more than 100 protesters arrested, attracted a massive police presence, and sparked reports of unaffiliated individuals coming onto campus, heightening concerns for student safety.

The pro-Palestinian occupation, called the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment,” is organized by a coalition of 116 different groups called Columbia University Apartheid Divest. The organizations involved are numerous Columbia-specific groups or Columbia chapters of national organizations, including the prominent Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.

CUAD’s listed demands are “Divest all of Columbia’s finances, including the endowment, from companies and institutions that profit from Israeli
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