CAIR-NJ Welcomes Rutgers U. Student Vote in Favor of Israel Divestment

(NEWARK, NJ, 4/17/2024) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed an overwhelming “yes” vote by Rutgers University students at the New Brunswick campus in favor of an Israel divestment referendum.

Rutgers students voted to call on the university administration to withdraw investments in Israel and to cancel the school’s partnership with Tel Aviv University.

Some 80 percent of students voted to divest the university’s endowment fund “from companies that profit from, engage in, or contribute to the government of Israel’s human rights violations.”

More than 6,000 students agreed that the university should end its relations with Tel Aviv University.

SEE: Rutgers students at New Brunswick campus vote ‘yes’ on Israel divestment referendum 

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

“We welcome this important vote as a strong indication of where Rutgers University students stand. 

“Israel is currently executing a campaign of genocide, ethnic cleansing and forced starvation targeting the Palestinian people and we cannot continue to be business as usual.”

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed,, 908-668-5900 ext. 103, 551-221-5592