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Yale anti-Israel activists form human chain, block access to campus green

Halfway through Sunday afternoon roughly 250 anti-Israel protesters set up an encampment on Yale’s Cross Campus green, with many “locking arms” to form a human chain in order to block access to the area.

The Yale Daily News reports the activists began with a protest in downtown New Haven, then moved to campus where they pitched around 40 tents (and counting).

Organized by the Connecticut Palestine Solidarity Coalition, about 1,000 activists had rallied earlier in the day, blocking traffic. The coalition’s Instagram page lists all the “endorsers” of the rally, a collection of far-left groups such as the Party for Socialism and Liberation CT and Yalies 4 Palestine.

An update from the YDN on X at around 5pm noted that encampment “marshals” had proclaimed the area a “liberated zone” where reporters were asked to leave. At the previous protest, organizers wanted to “make sure everyone [was there] because they believe in divestment and […] believe in Palestinian liberation.”

At least the activists are getting pizza … not to mention tampons and “art materials.”

A Palestinian flag atop the Bass Library that previously had been taken down was replaced with a larger one by an activist.

Kelsey Harrison, a graduate student from Columbia University who was arrested earlier this month at a demonstration on that campus, blasted the “criminalization” of the myriad anti-Israel student activists across the country.

The YDN on X reported that about “10-12” campus police were present at about 4pm. Chief Anthony Campbell said he didn’t not know “if arrests will be made, and it’s up to Yale administrators to make that decision.”

“Our plans for now are to just sit tight,” Campbell added.

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IMAGE: Yale Daily News/X

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