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Pro-Palestine NYU student says she was suspended, lost scholarship after tearing down posters of Israeli hostages
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Pro-Palestine NYU student says she was suspended, lost scholarship after tearing down posters of Israeli hostages

A student at New York University was apparently suspended and lost her scholarship after it was discovered she had taken down posters featuring Israeli hostages who had been abducted by Hamas terrorists on October 7. She was also denied campus housing until fall 2024.

Hafiza Khalique spoke with BreakThrough News, saying that "[b]ecause I was suspended, I would have to move off campus after the semester, essentially kicking me out of the dorms, leaving me unhoused, and also denying me access to any higher education until fall 2024."

BreakThrough News kicked off the segment by suggesting that colleges and universities across the country have been "unleash[ing] a wave of repression against pro-Palestinian student groups."

Business Insider reported that Khalique was suspended on November 13 after a video went viral on social media of her tearing down posters of missing Israelis. She blamed "right-wing" news outlets for apparently showing the footage, which ultimately led to her suspension.

"I faced relentless backlash from right-wing media news outlets for weeks, most calling for me to be jailed, expelled, deported, assaulted, and to be sent to Gaza," she said. However, she apparently failed to mention how pro-Palestinian student groups and faculty have validated Hamas' slaughter of 1,200 Jews during the October 7 attacks.

Washington Square News obtained an email from the Office of Student Conduct, which stated Khalique had violated the Student Conduct Policy and its Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment protocols.

"The posters related to the recent attacks by Hamas, which targeted Jewish and Israeli people, and the posters displayed victims of those attacks," the email said.

Khalique attempted to justify her actions by saying that she tore down the posters because she believed they were "propaganda," and that the mainstream media had deliberately tried to "whitewash" the conflict in the Middle East.

As a result, she kicked off a GoFundMe to gather financial support to continue her higher education "due to financial barriers."

"At that time after October 7, over 1,000 Palestinians had been killed – these posters were used as a tool to justify the U.S. orchestrated and U.S. backed genocide of Palestinians," her GoFundMe page says.

"Its primary intention was to provoke students, and it worked. That very night, photos and videos circulated social media, and by the next morning, right-wing media, news outlets, influencers, celebrities, and zionist platforms were calling for my firing, expulsion, deportation, and death."

At the time of this report, Khalique has raised $6,980 of her $10,000 goal on GoFundMe.

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