CAIR-NJ Calls for Firing of Princeton University Staff Member Who Allegedly Assaulted Pro-Palestine Protesters     

(NEWARK, NJ, 10/31/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Princeton University to terminate the employment of a staffer who allegedly for assaulted pro-Palestine protesters on Saturday, October 28.       

In a video, the staffer is reportedly seen shouting at protesters, making obscene gestures, and filming them.       

SEE: Princeton University staff member runs off with Jewish student’s phone at pro-Palestine protest    

SEE: Princeton University Staff Member Allegedly Assaults Pro-Palestine Protesters    

In another video, the employee is shown speaking with a protester at first. She is then shown grabbing another protester’s phone and running off with it. In the process of grabbing the protester’s phone, she also apparently pulls the protester’s hair.     

SEE: Princeton Protest   

SEE: Princeton staff member assaults student at pro-Palestine protest in town   

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:     

“We’ve seen a sharp uptick in anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian bigotry over the past month, but this case is especially alarming. Had the protesters not controlled the environment, there is no saying what could have happened and who could have been harmed by this violence and aggression.    

 “According to those at the scene, the assailant allegedly both heckled protesters and violated an individual’s personal space and attempted theft when she grabbed a protester’s phone and ran off with it. The facts of this incident are so outrageous that, had there not been video evidence of the incident, it would’ve been entirely unfathomable.       

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.           


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed,, 908-668-5900 ext. 103