Anti-Israel Vanderbilt ‘Sit-In’ Backfires, Resulting in Hilarious Outcome

Vanderbilt University protests this week in Nashville, Tennessee were pretty standard anti-Israel demonstrations. The protesters had their usual demands but administrators, security, and even the 911 operator were clear they wouldn’t be playing around.

It all began on Tuesday when officials at a private school removed an amendment related to BDS from the student ballot, claiming that it was “in violation of federal or state law”.

Vanderbilt University Students protested after administrators removed from the ballot that students voted in March an amendment to the Vanderbilt Student Government Constitution which would have prohibited student government funds being given to businesses that support Israel.

Nearly 30 Vanderbilt University students gathered in the hallways outside the office of Chancellor Daniel Diermeier to stage a sit-in. More than 30 students were outside the building on the steps despite threats of suspension or expulsion.

In a recent statement, the Vanderbilt Administration informed The Tennessean that “the students’ effort to adopt a student-led resolution proposing Vanderbilt Student Government uses boycott divestment sanction tactics failed due to a possible conflict with federal and state laws.”

In the video, the students push and shove their way past the staff to enter the lobby of the chancellor’s office.

At various points during the protest, students from Vanderbilt’s Divest Coalition – which introduced the amendment – yelled at and humiliated black police officers who helped contain the situation.

After the suspensions, we learned that protesters had been “starved”, and were denied bathroom breaks. They converted water bottles into urinal containers.

Outside, protesters began to chant “Let them pee and eat”:

Officers were allowed to order Panera Bread and water, while students were not.

According to The Hustler, student protestors at Kirkland Hall claimed that they were not permitted to use the restroom or to have food delivered to them. People began to urinate in bottles. A student protester at Kirkland Hall, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were afraid of legal consequences if they urinated in a bottle.

Panera Bread delivered water and food to the building around 6 pm CDT. The items were given to police officers, according to student protesters.

A protester was afraid of being arrested when she went to the bathroom to change her tampon. Another protester called 911 to alert the police.

It was later reported that the student had changed her tampon while she was sitting.

Protesters claimed that a student experiencing pain, nausea, and fever was in “toxic shock”. He was denied access to the restroom, but not removed from school.

The protesting students were removed from the building in the early morning hours, less than 24 hours after the sit-in started. According to reports, four students were arrested and 16 were suspended.

Although the students won’t learn anything, the University’s message of “no games,” which will not be played, is welcome in an era when campus administrators try to coddle, making things worse.