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Anti-Israel student protesters take over CUNY Graduate Center, rename it after bombed-out Gaza university

Dozens of anti-Israel student protesters took over CUNY Graduate Center’s library Tuesday evening and “renamed” it after a university in Gaza destroyed by airstrikes.

The demonstrators hung Palestinian flags in addition to banners and indicators contained in the Mina Rees Library on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with their new title for it: “The Al Aqsa University Library” — after the oldest public university in Gaza, which has been near-flattened by Israel’s bombardment of the territory.

“Disclose. Divest. We will not stop, we will not rest,” the roughly 30 college students chanted as they stood and sat contained in the constructing foyer, in response to a clip shot by an impartial video journalist.

Student with Palestinian flag in CUNY Grad Center library.
The protesters are calling on CUNY to divest from Israeli-backed corporations and to drop the fees towards student protesters beforehand arrested. Brendan Rains

Another 50 protesters stood exterior the doorways of the general public university however had been blocked from getting into.

Inside the university constructing, the student protesters learn the names of 94 Palestinian professors just lately killed in the course of the ongoing battle in Gaza.

CUNY Graduate Center President Joshua Brumberg met with the student protesters in the lobby to try to negotiate a deal.
CUNY Graduate Center President Joshua Brumberg met with the student protesters within the foyer to attempt to negotiate. Brendan Rains

Organizers stated they took over the library constructing — and “de-occupied” it — as a part of the push to demand CUNY divest $8.5 million from weapons, tech and surveillance corporations “complicit in zionist settler-colonialism and genocide of the Palestinian people.”

The protesters are additionally demanding CUNY drop all fees towards college students who had been arrested throughout a police raid on a City College encampment.

“From New York to Palestine, protesting is not a crime,” they chanted within the foyer. “From CUNY to Palestine, protesting is not a crime.”

Protester with mask covering full face sits behind desk in lobby
“Disclose. Divest. We will not stop, we will not rest,” the roughly 30 college students chanted. Brendan Rains

CUNY Graduate Center President Joshua Brumberg met with the student protesters within the foyer to attempt to negotiate a deal.

The college students stated they would depart the constructing if he may meet two speedy calls for — he publically again amnesty for all pro-Palestinian protesters arrested at any CUNY demonstration and he grant amnesty to all of the protesters within the library Monday evening.

But Brumberg solely agreed to the latter, so the scholars remained, in response to the organizers.

No arrests have been made.

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