A video of a conversation between a pro-Palestinian protestor at Columbia University and a reporter is circulating widely in the media and on social networks. The protestor is urging the university to provide "basic humanitarian assistance" to the demonstrators.

"Do you want students to get sick or die from dehydration and starvation, even if you disagree with them? If your answer is no, you should allow basic care," stated a doctoral student studying romantic literature "through the lens of Marxism."

She further clarified that she wasn't requesting "humanitarian aid" from the university but simply asking for a commitment not to obstruct its delivery to the Hamilton Hall campus.

Following the break-in by pro-Palestinian protesters at buildings on the Columbia University campus, resulting in damage and barricades, the police initiated a "clean-up" operation, detaining many troublemakers.