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NEW YORK — As pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University continue their protests against the war in Gaza, the school’s Orthodox Jewish rabbi has sent a message to hundreds of Jewish students urging them to stay home for their own safety.

Rabbi Elie Beuchler sent a warning to more than 290 Jewish students via WhatsApp, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported on his social media feeds Sunday morning.

“The events of the past few days, especially last night, have made it clear that Columbia University Public Safety and the NYPD cannot guarantee the safety of Jewish students in the face of extreme anti-Semitism and anarchy,” Beuchler wrote. “It pains me deeply to tell you that I would strongly recommend that you return home as soon as possible and remain at home until the situation on campus and in the surrounding area has dramatically improved.”

On X.com Tapper said Beuchler told him he sent the message “in response to ‘just horrific’ videos of ‘protesters on campus calling for the killing of Jews, Jews off campus being yelled at to ‘go back to Poland,’ and text messages I constantly get from Jewish students telling me how unsafe they feel.'”

The New York Daily News has asked Beuchler for comment.

The protests continued despite university President Minouche Shafik’s decision to call in New York City police to clear a camp on campus and arrest more than 100 protesters on Thursday.

Shafik’s decision was met with strong criticism. The Columbia and Barnard departments of the American Association of University Professors In a statement on Friday, it said: “We have lost confidence in our president and our government and we vow to fight to take back our university.”

On Friday, a group of 97 Jewish students said they felt threatened by the protests around the campus gates and asked school administrators to allow them to attend classes virtually.

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