According to authorities, a Columbia University student of Israeli nationality was reportedly attacked on Wednesday evening. The New York Police Department has arrested the suspected assailant in connection with the incident.
According to the Columbia Spectator, the alleged assault in front of Butler Library involved a 19-year-old female suspect who reportedly attacked a 24-year-old student at Columbia’s Israeli School of General Studies.
Around 5:40 p.m., it is said that a man was struck with a stick in front of the Butler Library.
According to reports, an individual who remains unidentified has been charged with one count of assault.
In an interview with the Spectator, the student who was attacked chose to remain anonymous. He revealed that he sustained minor injuries during the incident, including a laceration on his hand.
Upon receiving the paper’s request for comment, the suspect did not respond promptly.
This week, there have been reported increases in anti-semitic attacks in both France and England. According to news sources, more than 20 people have been arrested in France following a Hamas attack on Israel. It is disheartening to see such incidents occur and it is important that we continue to work towards creating a world where hate and discrimination have no place.
On Friday, the entire NYPD workforce was summoned to duty in response to the call for global protests made by the former head of Hamas. According to reports, all officers on the NYPD’s payroll have been ordered to report for duty. The call for protests has been made in support of Palestinians in their ongoing conflict with Israel. The officers are expected to ensure the safety and security of the public during the protests.
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