Outspoken pro-Israel Columbia professor denied entry into ‘liberated zone’ encampment

An assistant business professor at Columbia University and Israel native, Shai Davidai, was dumbfounded Monday morning after he was barred from entry into the campus’s “liberated zone.” 

Davidai and other pro-Israel demonstrators were outside the campus gate, hoping to enter, video footage posted to X showed. The encampment was set up at the university in opposition to Israel and in support of Palestinians amid the conflict in Gaza.

Davidai claimed his identification card had been deactivated as school officials said they could not ensure his safety. An estimated 200 pro-Palestinian protesters were on the campus at the time, with the students likely needing to have their IDs to get in. 

Standing outside the gate to speak with Davidai was Columbia University Chief Operating Officer Cas Holloway, who told Davidai he could gain access to the university from a different
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