CAIR-NJ Calls on Princeton University to Meet with Students, Commends Student Hunger Strikers

(NEWARK,NJ, 5/16/2024) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on Princeton University administration to meet with students to discuss their demands.

SEE: Princeton Students Response to President Eisgruber

CAIR-NJ also condemns Princeton University administration’s treatment of the peaceful encampments and student protests as threatening and dangerous. The University administration’s vilification of students who take part in these protests is harmful and endangers students. CAIR-NJ urges Princeton University administration to meet student demands of divestment, statements of support for a ceasefire, and amnesty for student protesters.

CAIR-NJ also commends student hunger strikers who ended their strike yesterday, after 12 days of going without food to protest Princeton University’s complicity in what they view as supporting a country committing genocide. Their dedication to their cause has impacted their health, resulting in rapid weight loss and exhaustion, amongst others.

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

“We call on the Princeton University administration to reconsider their treatment of the peaceful protests and meet with students. The University must do better to protect their students as they exercise their right to protest and rally for Palestine.”

“Students at Princeton University have shown their resilience through their 12-day long hunger strike, which has resulted in extreme weight loss and other significant implications to their health. Their determination to exercise their rights and stand up for justice is commendable.”

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, sMaksut@cair.com, 908-267-3119

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