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Cornell encampment protest ends after 18 days

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After 18 days, the encampment protest at Cornell University led by the Coalition for Mutual Liberation has come to an end. The group was protesting the war in Gaza and demanding the university divest from companies supporting Israel’s military efforts.


Sivan Gordon-Buxbaum, a member of Jewish Voices for Peace, stated the decision to end the encampment was made by the protesters themselves to maintain control and plan future actions. This followed negotiations with Cornell President Martha Pollack, who indicated that divestment was not feasible.

Credit: The Ithacan.

The university previously cited disruptions caused by the encampment, including noise affecting classes and displacement of registered events. Despite the protest ending, the Coalition for Mutual Liberation remains committed to their cause and held a vigil attended by over 200 people to honor lives lost in Rafah. Cornell University is expected to release a further statement soon.