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Brown University President Refuses Demands of Students Staging Hunger Strike for Palestine

Brown University President Refuses Demands of Students Staging Hunger Strike for Palestine

“The Brown Corporation must heed these calls and promote an immediate ceasefire and a lasting peace by divesting its endowment from companies that enable and profit from the genocide in Gaza and broader Israeli occupation.”

Pro-Palestinian students at Brown University began a hunger strike last week and issued demands to the school, but President Christina Paxson has basically told them to pound sand. These students have lost the plot. Do they think this is what they’re supposed to be doing with their time at the Ivy League school?

From the Brown Daily Herald:

President Paxson refuses to meet hunger strike demands

President Christina Paxson P’19 P’MD’20 has declined to meet the demands of 19 student protestors who began a hunger strike Friday afternoon, according to a letter Paxson sent to the demonstrators and reviewed by The Herald.

On Friday, the protestors announced that the strike would continue until the Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, “hears and considers a divestment resolution” in the ongoing Israel-Palestine war during their meetings that begin next week.

In her letter to the protestors, Paxson wrote that the first step toward requesting divestment “is not a Corporation resolution, but rather to submit a proposal to the Advisory Committee on University Resource Management.”

Paxson also wrote that she will “not commit to bring a resolution to the February 2024 Corporation meeting or any future meeting of the Corporation.”

The strikers did not immediately respond to request for comment. University Spokesperson Brian Clark wrote in an email to The Herald that the administration’s “understanding at this time is that students will continue their hunger strike.”

This behavior isn’t cultish at all.

This is just more of the same BDS activism we have been seeing on campuses for years.

WLNE News reported:

Brown University students go on hunger strike for divestment from Israel

Brown University shared Friday that a Palestinian and Jewish-led coalition of 19 students began a hunger strike.

Following several student-lead actions last fall, students are once again calling upon the university to completely divest its involvement from companies profiting from the genocide in Gaza…

The coalition released the following demands:

As we approach week 17 of Israel’s military assault on Gaza, Brown University remains invested in the genocide despite the mounting calls of thousands of Brown students, grad workers, faculty, and alumni for divestment. The Brown Corporation must heed these calls and promote an immediate ceasefire and a lasting peace by divesting its endowment from companies that enable and profit from the genocide in Gaza and broader Israeli occupation.

We, a Palestinian- and Jewish-led coalition of 19 students, will refuse food until the following demands are met: (1) Brown University President Christina Paxson and Chancellor Sam Mencoff must publicly commit to including a divestment resolution on the agenda of the Brown Corporation’s February 8/9 meeting; this resolution must be based on the Brown University Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices (now the Advisory Committee on University Resources Management) 2020 report“To Recommend Divestment from Companies that Facilitate the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territory.” (2) The administration must permit representatives from the Brown Divest Coalition to present the case for divestment to the Corporation. (3) Upon the fulfillment of demands one and two, the Brown Corporation must publicly commit to conduct a formal vote on this resolution as a full body in the presence of the coalition representatives. We will hunger strike until these demands are met in full.

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ThePrimordialOrderedPair | February 6, 2024 at 3:05 pm

Brown University students go on hunger strike for divestment from Israel

Good. Let them die. They’ll be martyrs for the Catastrophic Global Warming delusion, which I’m sure they all espouse, as well. When they expire the abortion-mongers can collect their carcasses and sell off their organs for medical research or to burn as fuel. Bill their parents for the clean up.

Gaza is occupied by Hamas — any rational and morally upright person would fairly and accurately acknowledge this fact.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to guyjones. | February 6, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    Operate statement:

    “rational and morally upright person”

    Of which does not exist in this group of over indulged parent basement dwellers.

Most of them could stand to lose a few pounds anyway.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Olinser. | February 6, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    A lot of fat bodies in that crowd. The hunger strike needs at least another 30 days before we begin to see results.

UnCivilServant | February 6, 2024 at 3:32 pm

Hunger Strikes are a self-solving problem.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to UnCivilServant. | February 6, 2024 at 4:03 pm


    Perhaps Brown University (is that racist?) should lock the doors and let them starve.

      Yes! It’s racist! “University of Color” is preferred. Or “University of Colour” if you’re on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

        AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to lwmarti. | February 6, 2024 at 9:47 pm

        May I suggest University of Dark Almond?

        Or Biden’s favorite – University of Chocolate Chocolate Chip, as in “Chip on their shoulder.”

          I had a black first sergeant in Germany. His nickname was “the Chocolate Chip.” He even had that painted on the windscreen frame of his jeep. We loved the Chip. He was an outstanding first shirt. He never had to keep after us, because we felt that if we screwed up, we would disappoint the Chip, something we were loath to do.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to UnCivilServant. | February 6, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    Exactly. Also, after the first couple pass out and ar taken to the hospital and their parents contacted the resolve of the others will diminish quickly.

    Of course there is a better way to handle this order them out of the building and inform them if they don’t comply they will be arrested and expelled.

    OSU gave a master class on how to do this back in 2018.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to Gremlin1974. | February 6, 2024 at 7:39 pm

      Sorry it was 2016.

      ahad haamoratsim in reply to Gremlin1974. | February 7, 2024 at 6:43 am

      Bonus: the average medical insurance policy excludes coverage for the results of self-inflicted harm; any cost for treatment will be sel-paid.

      I’m surprised he stood there so long debating with them. He made his proclamation; maybe stick around for a few clarifying statements (“it means you will be expelled”), but then restate the requirement (be out by 5:00 am) and the consequences of ignoring it; Then leave, and let the chips fall where they may.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | February 6, 2024 at 3:34 pm

My favorite hunger-strikers are:

All they call him is Aboud –

“Growing up in Palestine living under the occupation, I’ve known people who have been on hunger strikes for months out of Israeli prisons in which they were unlawfully detained,” said Aboud, an undergraduate at Brown from Palestine.

“hunger strikes for months”?? ‘Hunger strike … hunger strike … you keep saying that but I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means …’

And then there’s, Kalikoonāmaukūpuna Kalāhiki ’24 …. do I need say any more?

ANd we have,

Felora Bellamy ’26 entered the room with their laptop in tow.

Like other strikers, they wore a keffiyeh. Unlike other strikers, they donned a blue sweater with a smiling black cat on the front.

“As a Black person living in this world for 19 years and having my identity politicized in very violent and racist ways, I felt like it was incredibly natural to align my solidarity with Palestinians who have also been given that burden of having their identity politicized,” Bellamy said.

It’s a “they”!! So why does she say “As a black person”? Shouldn’t she say, “As black people”?? Does she want to be a “they” or does she not?

Brown has always had some real losers, but … sheesh. It’s like the school is nothing but Amy Carters, now. What a joke.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to ThePrimordialOrderedPair. | February 6, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    Really?!! 😉

    She’s got an IQ of 85, definitely an affirmative action selection, 19 years old with the wisdom to match.

    She needs to get a real job, and not some African American Studies degree in self promotion and oppression.

    Her identity is politicized because She/It politicized it.

    “hunger strikes for months”?? ‘

    That means they don’t supersize at Mickey Ds.

    “…I felt like it was incredibly natural to align my solidarity with Palestinians who have also been given that burden of having their identity politicized.”

    The Jews did not politicize the identity of the Arabs of what was formerly known as “Palestine.” Yasser Arafat did that. He created the identity specifically to club Israel over the head with it in the court of world opinion.

Let them starve, it will massively raise the average IQ in that place

These students are a bunch of d-bags

Fat_Freddys_Cat | February 6, 2024 at 3:42 pm

They SAY they’re on a hunger strike. But unless someone is monitoring them 24/7 to verify this is so I’m not going to believe it.

2smartforlibs | February 6, 2024 at 4:00 pm

Exercise their opinion, if they know their history it’s Egypt that should be upset.

Reminds me when the Code Pink folks were on a “hunger strike” over the Iraq War in 2003, and were caught with smoothies in their hands —

— “just how much weight were you folks planning to gain on your hunger strike, anyways?”

“By Any Means Necessary” makes it likely president Paxson will repent and relent.

You can bet they’re sneaking food or bending the “rules” by taking liquid nutrition. They’re progressives and lying is as normal as breathing to them.

Regarding Brown:

“About 38% of students at the Ivy League school identified as either homosexual, bisexual, queer, asexual, pansexual”

I could never understand why these people think that them not eating is going to bother someone else?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to MarkS. | February 6, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    What they are hoping for is that it will cause enough bleeding hearts to complain that it will force the university to act. It’s just terrorism by a different name. They are hoping the school will get so scared that they will give in.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to MarkS. | February 7, 2024 at 6:48 am

    They’ need to escalate by holding their breath until there’s a ceasefire.

Well, if they don’t eat then it will be easier to carry them off campus. Really, a hunger strike as if anyone cares that these $90,000yr pampered Larpers miss a few meals.

Where on campus is this hunger strike taking place? I’d like to order a pizza delivery from Providence Coal Fired Pizza! Probably with bacon or ham, in case these protestors obey halal laws.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Geologist. | February 7, 2024 at 2:52 am

    Send them some New York System wieners from Olneyville New York System Restaurant. A spicy wiener smothered in meat sauce, covered with chopped onions, all in a steamed bun. Damn, I could use a few myself. Haven’t had one in decades.

Brown kids are woke joke. Let the terrorist apologists fast for ramadan if they want. Who cares??

It’s very uncharacteristic for an Ivy League president to not cravenly cave to woke students and faculty. What’s up with that?

BigRosieGreenbaum | February 6, 2024 at 10:26 pm

Two things: more for me and I’d be rolling up with my brand new food truck featuring smoked pig cooking full grill. Suck it freaks!

I’ve never understood what hunger strikers hope to achieve, why they think anyone cares whether they starve. There are exceptions, where a person has good reason to believe that the target of the strike does care, but in general, why would they?

    DaveGinOly in reply to Milhouse. | February 7, 2024 at 2:56 am

    I think the reality is that very few people have the mental fortitude and the unshakable dedication to a cause necessary to actually starve themselves to death. They’re like cats stuck in trees. Ever see a dead cat in a tree? Neither have I! Nobody should worry about a cat that seems to be stuck in a tree. It will get itself unstuck as soon as it gets hungry enough.

    mrzee in reply to Milhouse. | February 7, 2024 at 3:29 am

    The IRA hunger strikers are the only ones I can recall ever starving to death. There was about a dozen in 1981 or 82. The first was Bobby Sands,
    I remember him because “Bobby Sands Diet” jokes made the rounds. No one ever remembers who died subsequently except their families.

    ss396 in reply to Milhouse. | February 7, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    Bobby Sands 1st hunger strike was under Prime Minister Harold Wilson, whose administration cared. His 2nd hunger strike was under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose administration did not care. The outcomes were quite different, no?

      NorthernNewYorker in reply to ss396. | February 11, 2024 at 11:40 am

      I don’t know about Wilson, but Maggie came within a hair’s breadth of being blown up by the IRA. I’m sure that colored, ‘scuse me, coloured her perception of members of the IRA.

RepublicanRJL | February 7, 2024 at 7:05 am

It’s time to sit in front of them with a Domino’s pizza.

And Cheese Puffs.

Hunger strike?

I’m reminded of what Captain Kirk said of the Klingons in “Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country”.

“Let them die.”

Too bad there’s not a bacon smell in a spray can. I’d love to troll these children by giving the hunger striker’s environment a spritz or two. Even if they’re vegetarians, the smell of bacon produces instant hunger pangs, and an added bonus, if there are any authentic “Palestinians” at the event, one whiff and they’ll be prevented from going to heaven.

    Milhouse in reply to Rufus. | February 7, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    If there are any authentic “Palestinians” at the event, one whiff and they’ll be prevented from going to heaven.

    No, they won’t. I don’t know where that myth came from.

    DSHornet in reply to Rufus. | February 7, 2024 at 10:47 pm

    Find the return air grill for the HVAC unit serving the space. Fry some bacon right in front of it. The heavenly aroma will permeate the space in a minute or two. Repeat every half hour or so. Should be fun to watch.

destroycommunism | February 7, 2024 at 12:38 pm

if they promise not to eat anything for 789 days

I might support them

carry on!

destroycommunism | February 7, 2024 at 12:43 pm

these thugs tried it before and were rebuffed

they will not give up


99% of this garbage goes away

I hope Brown isn’t wasting money buying food that they aren’t going to eat, unless they have made arrangements to quickly move the already contracted food paid for by the students to feed the poor..

Sooo glad that my son didn’t go there.

I really wish these hunger strikes were sincere and that people in them Darwinned themselves out of the gene pool.

However, they all just sneak food. It’s the most empty load of crap attention parade I’ve ever seen. Expect a few to “check in” to the ER soon as a way of garnering sympathy for the cameras.