Ilhan Omar's daughter claims she is 'houseless' after being suspended from Barnard, arrested over participation in anti-Israel protests at Columbia

"Our interim suspension is contingent on what happens at our hearings, which has not been set. They told us that we would receive a date by Monday at noon, so I'm basically at least houseless until then."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

After being suspended from Barnard College at Columbia University, then arrested over her involvement in anti-Israel protests on campus, Ilhan Omar's daughter, Isra Hirsi, has claimed she is "houseless" after she was locked out of her dorm. While Omar said she was prepared to face suspension over her protests against Israel, she was surprised that the suspension included being denied access to additional campus services, such as her meal plan and housing.

The 21-year-old explained in an interview with Teen Vogue that while she hasn't been "formally evicted," she can no longer access campus facilities such as the dining hall.

"I don't know when I can go home, and I don't know if I ever will be able to," Hirsi lamented. "I haven't formally been evicted. I haven't been sent a 'move out' email, but they've just said that I can't get in, whatever that means."

When asked by Teen Vogue "what's next," she said "Genuinely we have no clue. Our interim suspension is contingent on what happens at our hearings, which has not been set. They told us that we would receive a date by Monday at noon, so I'm basically at least houseless until then."

She noted that Barnard told her and fellow suspendee, Maryam, that they had "15 minutes to go get our shit if we wanted it, and we'd have to go with a public safety escort."

"I was a little bit frantic," she said, "
like, where am I going to sleep? Where am I gonna go? And also all of my shit is thrown in a random lot. It’s pretty horrible."

"I sent them an email like, 'Hey, I rely on campus for my meals, I rely on my dining plan'," Hirsi added, "and they were like, Oh, you can come pick up a prepackaged bag of food, a full 48 hours after I was suspended. There was no food support, no nothing."

Hirsi explained that only Barnard students were treated that way, with suspended Columbia students still allowed into the dining hall and their dorms, but that friends and allies have stepped up to ensure she still has a place to go at the end of the day.

"It is very difficult being evicted and not having access to our homes," she said. "These are all detrimental and horrible things, but alhamdulillah we are all still here and alive and have roofs over our heads, despite it all. People have supported us."

"This was expected," Hirsi said of her suspension in an interview with MSNBC. "We knew what we were engaging in, however I wasn't really expecting to be immediately locked out of my dorm, of dining, of campus as quickly as I was."

Hirsi noted that she and her fellow arrestees have started the appeal process and won't rule out taking legal action against Columbia, calling the way the school handled the situation "unlawful and not even following their own rules."
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