Pro-Hamas student activists at Columbia come from wealthy, high-profile families

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's daughter, Irsa Hirsi, was among the activists arrested.


Several of the activists arrested during an anti-Israel protest at Columbia University on Thursday were revealed to come from wealthy and prominent families or have connections to others in positions of leadership.

According to a report from the New York Post, many of the protesters list multimillion-dollar homes as their address, and many are students at Columbia's sister school, Bernard College.

Some of the shouts that came from the protest included, "We are Hamas!" as well as "Long live Hamas!"

Among the arrested protestors was Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's daughter, Irsa Hirsi. She was arrested for trespassing during the event.

One of the protestors was Avery Reed who served as a summer intern for New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who is currently prosecuting former President Trump. She also worked for the Biden-Harris campaign for "gender equality" in Florida in 2021 and even sat on a panel with New York Governor Kathy Hochul in 2018.

Another protester listed in the report was Isabella Guisti, who comes from a family in Savannah, Georgia, that owns a five-bedroom $3 million home. Daughter of UPS executive William J. Seward, Isabel Jennifer Seward was also caught up allegedly protesting during the incident as well.

Over 114 anti-Israel protesters were arrested after protesters set up a "Liberated Zone" on Columbia's campus to protest the Israel-Hamas war on Wednesday, calling it the "Gaza Solidarity Encampment."

In a statement, a university spokesman said, "The presence of tents on South Lawn is a safety concern and a violation of university policies."

"We are informing the students they are in violation of university policies and for their own safety and for the operations of the university they need to leave," the statement added.

The university warned students they would be suspended if they did not leave the area by mid-day. However, one protestor, Cathrine Elias said the students "won’t be moved until they meet our demands and that our demands are in the path and carrying the movement that has been set on this campus for over 60 years since 1968 to the 1980s to the ’90s to 2024 today."

They demanded that the university's finances be divested from companies and institutions that work with Israel.

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