Pro-Palestinian protesters arrested at Yale; Columbia cancels in-person classes

Dozens of people were brought into custody during a pro-Palestinian demonstration at Yale University on April 22, hours after Columbia cancelled in-person classes to de-escalate stress on its New York campus, where police cracked down on a tent encampment previous week.

Demonstrators on April 22 hindered  traffic around Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut, requesting for the school divest from military weapons manufacturers, which actually forced police to make arrests, video footage aired on social media revealed.

Exceeding than 40 people were apprehended by police, according to the Yale Daily News, a student-run news site. Yale University officials could not be reached for remark.

Protests at Yale, Columbia hu and other university campuses across the United States started in r response, to the latest escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which began on Oct 7 with a deadly cross-border raid by Hamas Islamist militants and Israel’s fierce response in the Gaza enclave controlled by Hamas.

Human rights advocates have pointed to a general boost in bias and hate in opposition to Jews, Arabs and Muslims since Oct 7. There was specific concern past days, with the Jewish holiday of Passover starting on April 22.