According to Columbia University, which stated on Friday that the far-left organizations had broken university rules, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) will not be allowed to continue as official student organizations until the conclusion of the fall semester.
The University’s Senior Executive Vice President, Gerald Rosberg, issued a statement outlining the choice.
“Suspension means the two groups will not be eligible to hold events on campus or receive University funding. Lifting the suspension will be contingent on the two groups demonstrating a commitment to compliance with University policies and engaging in consultations at a group leadership level with University officials,” the statement read.
“Like all student groups, SJP and JVP are required to abide by University policies and procedures. This ensures both the safety of our community and that core University activities can be conducted without disruption. During this especially charged time on our campus, we are strongly committed to giving space to student groups to participate in debate, advocacy, and protest. This relies on community members abiding by the rules and cooperating with University administrators who have a duty to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.” the statement continued.
In response to the Hamas terrorist attack on October 7, anti-Israel activists planned a walkout on Thursday, during which they demanded that the institution refer to Israel’s actions against Gaza as a “genocide.” There was also a “die-in” protest part to it.
Students for Justice in Palestine’s Columbia branch commemorated the 1,400 people killed in the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, including women, children, and civilians by praising the terrorists who carried out the attack.