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Princeton University students launch hunger strike as pro-Palestinian camp rages on

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PRINCETON, NJ (CBS) — Students from Princeton University launched a hunger strike on Friday in solidarity with millions of Palestinians in Gaza, as Israel’s war against Hamas continues.

“Our hunger strike is in response to the government’s refusal to meet our demands for dissociation and divestment from Israel. We refuse to be silenced by the intimidation and repression tactics of the university administration. We fight together in solidarity with the people of Palestine. We commit our bodies to their liberation.” Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest wrote in an edition.

According to the press release, students participating in the hunger strike will abstain from all food and drink (except water) until the university meets with students to discuss divestment and a “cultural boycott of Israel.”

The group also wants Princeton to reverse “all campus bans and expulsions of students.”

Last week, Thirteen people were arrested in Princeton after an attempted sit-in at Clio Hall. The arrests included five undergraduates, six graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher and “one individual not affiliated with the university.”

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All thirteen people arrested were issued trespassing summonses and banned from campus. The students were disciplined by Princeton, including possible suspension or expulsion.

Princeton students have had a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus for almost two weeks — similar to others on ccollege campuses across the province.

Last week, Rutgers students evacuated their encampment after reaching an agreement with the university.

In Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvaniastudents still have an encampment in support of the people of Gaza, despite a petition with thousands of signatures ask for the camp to be disbanded.

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