Pro-Palestinian encampment remains at SUNY New Paltz campus

The school administration says it got involved and demanded that demonstrators disassemble, but the protesters said they were not leaving.

News 12 Staff

May 3, 2024, 12:57 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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Thursday marked over 24 hours since an encampment was set up by pro-Palestinian protesters on the SUNY New Paltz campus.
The school administration says it got involved and demanded that demonstrators disassemble, but the protesters said they were not leaving as of Thursday night.
Organizers of the encampment said they were inspired by the encampments from Columbia University and UCLA.
There are several hundred students and professors there demonstrating. Some told News 12 they are willing to risk arrest to get their point across.
Some protesters say they have supported Gaza since October of last year and claim they have experienced harassment from the administration.
They say they have demands for the school's administration. Their demands include that the school divest from Israeli products, disclose its investments and give amnesty to the demonstrating students from any retribution from the school.
Rae Ferrara, the media liaison for the group, told News 12 they are ready to negotiate with the university.
"We would love to negotiate with the university. As for now, our No. 1 priority is the safety of the people inside the encampment. We're not leaving," Ferrara said.
Jewish students whom News 12 spoke to said they don't feel comfortable on the campus. Some have returned home and because of that, some are thinking they might have to transfer to other schools.
Some said they don't even feel safe wearing a Star of David necklace. They also said they are being harassed and targeted.
"I don't feel comfortable on my classes right now. I feel like eyes are on me. Yesterday, when I was at the encampment with some of my friends people inside the encampment were taunting us, they were recording us, making hand gestures at us," said student Aracelis Ascher.


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