Ivy League Hunger Strike: Princeton Students Protest Israel


Princeton Students End Hunger Strike, Demand Dialogue and Amnesty

After just 10 days, students at Princeton University who have been protesting Israel’s involvement in the Gaza conflict have suspended their hunger strike. However, the protest is not over.

The Protest Comes to a Head

Princeton Divest Now, the student group leading the protests, initially vowed not to eat or drink until two demands were met:

  • A meeting with university officials to discuss divestment from Israel
  • Total amnesty for protesters and a reversal of university bans and evictions

Faculty Solidarity and Hunger Strikes

Notably, faculty members at Princeton also participated in a solidarity hunger strike for 24 hours. However, this strike received some criticism on social media, with many people suggesting it was more akin to intermittent fasting than a genuine protest.

The Struggle Continues

Despite the hunger strike ending, Princeton Divest Now announced that the protests would continue. They have scheduled another rally on May 13th to rally for their cause.

Protester Demands

The protesters’ demands remain the same as when the hunger strike began:

  • Disclosure of university investments in Israel
  • Divestment from companies alleged of complicity in human rights violations
  • Full academic and cultural boycott of Israel

Princeton Divest Now explained that the second wave of hunger strikers would continue their fasting indefinitely until their demands were met. They expressed their determination to “liberate Palestine”

Additional Support for the Protest

The Princeton protest is not an isolated incident. Students at other universities, including Columbia University in New York, have also staged demonstrations against Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Protester’s Resolve

Despite health concerns, the protesters have vowed to continue their efforts, stating “We will not be moved!” They believe their bodies are a means to emphasize the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, who they say are being subjected to “a forced famine and a genocidal assault” by the Israeli state.

The protest and hunger strike at Princeton University have brought attention to the ongoing Israeli-Gaza conflict and the complex issues it raises. The protesters’ demands reflect their deep concern about the situation and their desire for dialogue and a peaceful resolution.

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