Pro-Palestinian hunger strike at Princeton University marks 1 week

It comes after 13 students were arrested for trespassing late last month during a protest.

Amanda Lee

May 11, 2024, 10:38 PM

Updated 8 days ago

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Pro-Palestinian protesters at Princeton University marked one week Saturday into a hunger strike.
It comes after 13 students were arrested for trespassing late last month during a protest.
The student-led hunger strike is in solidarity with Gaza after demonstrators said their demands were not met by university officials.
Twelve students committed to not eating in response to university administrators who barred a group of students from the university for participating in a sit-in that occurred in late April.
One student was sent to the hospital for malnutrition.
Demonstrators said they'll continue to starve until their demands are met.
This is all happening during finals week and right before graduation for some demonstrators at one of the world's most prestigious universities.
"They're just students who are outraged at what's happening in Gaza and they're outraged at the university for ignoring it, and they are starving themselves just to get the university's attention," said demonstrator Sameer Rieze, who is in his senior year.
The group "Princeton Divest Now" consists of students, faculty and alumni who set up an encampment on campus.
"Everything goes day by day. Our intention is to stay here until the demands of the students are met. That is disclosure and divestment," said alumnus Mo Bahri.
Community doctors volunteered to assist students participating in the hunger strike who are limited to water, salt and electrolytes. Demonstrators also said they want criminal charges dropped for the students who were arrested on campus during the sit-in protest.
"All of the hunger strikers are feeling pretty tired. They're pretty fed up with the university ignoring them, and they're pretty fed up with the fact that we have pretty simple demands that the university won't meet. The university is unwilling to drop charges against students who were nonviolently protesting," Rieze said.
News 12 reached out to the university for comment about allegations that students' demands are not being met. Princeton University referred News 12 to a statement issued by President Christopher L. Eisgruber earlier this week which partly says:
“My colleagues and I are now in direct conversation with the protestors. I have told them that we can consider their concerns through appropriate processes that respect the interests of multiple parties and viewpoints, but we cannot allow any group to circumvent those processes or exert special leverage.
"I hope that we can reach a resolution that respects that principle and allows us all to move forward. In the meantime, I ask for your compassion toward those around you, and your help to build bridges across campus differences and to heal the ruptures we now confront.”
Demonstrators said they're still discussing what they plan to do when classes are no longer in session.


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