Princeton students on hunger strike for Gaza complain they are hungry and ‘all immunocompromised’

May 8, 2024 | Political News

Students at New Jersey's elite Ivy League Princeton University have been on a hunger strike since Friday, and they want the world to know that the university just doesn't seem to care that they are starving themselves out there on the quad. Also they are hungry, it turns out.

The student activists, who claim to be starving themselves in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, have issued a set of demands to Princeton's administration that primarily involve an absence of consequences for the student activists.

Hunger strikers on campus took time out of their busy schedule banging on drums and chanting “free, free Palestine” to complain that they are hungry. 

“This is absolutely unfair,” cried a keffiyeh-clad girl in a medical facemask reading from her phone. “My peers are I, we are starving, we are physically exhausted. I'm quite literally shaking right now as you can see.”

“We are both cold and hot at the same time,” she complained, “we are all  immunocompromised. And based off the university's meeting yesterday with some of our bargaining team, they would love to continue physically weakening us because they can't stand to say no to unjust murder.”

“Shame!” The off screen students bellowed, banging their drums.

“I will share,” she went on, reading her prepared statement, “I truly do not believe I am doing anything special. This is my choice and I would not spend by birthday doing anything other than being here and standing in solidarity with you all, and standing in solidarity with our siblings and innocent people in Gaza.”

Big cheers and whoops erupted from the crowd before she continued. “No matter how physically weak we may be, united we have never been stronger, our resolve has never been stronger.” Then she led her fellow physically weakened Ivy Leaguers in an old labor chant: “The people united will never be defeated!”

“Us, as strikers, we will continue to starve until they meet our demands,” another student said in exasperated tones into a megaphone. “In addition, I would like to note that the administration is also lying to the media.”

Kids off screen chanted “shame” in unison.

“They have also announced,” the hungry student continued, “that they have been consistently sending their own doctors to come to our area and monitor us hunger strikers and monitor our health. This is a lie!” She yelled.

“Shame,” the off screen students said.

“They are not! They are not monitoring our health,” she said. “They are not keeping track of our vitals. They are not all taking care of us in any regard. They have only sent a spokesperson from UHS (university health service) twice to give us informational pamphlets, but they are not at all—at all! Taking care of us in any regard, and I want to make that clear. That they are not caring for us. That they do not care for us. And they are lying.

The students are pretty hungry, and they demand that their demands be met. Those demands were stated in a previous video.

The students said the school officials should “Meet with students to discuss their demands for disclosure, divestment and a full academic and cultural boycott of Israel; grant complete amnesty from all criminal and disciplinary charges for the participants of the peaceful protest. Reverse all campus bans and evictions of students.”

Hunger strikes have long been a tradition among protesters fighting for their chosen causes. Mahatma Ghandi starved himself for six days in India over the treatment of the lower caste. The leaders of that nation negotiated with the leaders of that group. He went on 18 fasts during the freedom movement in India.

IRA militant leader Bobby Sands died after undertaking a hunger strike in prison. He starved himself for 66 days to protest his treatment in prison and to protest the British rule of Northern Ireland. His death sparked riots among the Irish Catholics in Belfast, the city where he was born.