Israeli forces kidnap student leader, fire shots on campus

8 Mar

Birzeit University video: Israeli forces kidnap university student, fire shots on campus in broad daylight

Written by Right2Edu BZU , Birzeit University, 7 March 2018

 Israeli forces kidnap university student, fire shots on campus in broad daylight

A group of Israeli operatives, disguised as Palestinian college students, abducted the head of the Student Council [Omar al-Kiswani] from Birzeit University’s campus on 7 March 2018.

The kidnappers, carrying firearms in their backpacks, entered the campus during working hours and attacked the student in front of the Student Council Building, located at the center of the campus. The operatives forced and pinned the student to the ground while firing their weapons, endangering lives.

Protecting this group’s intrusion into the university was an armed Israeli army unit. The unit detained the university’s guards in the guards’ room and proceeded to use their firearms against the students while providing cover for the kidnapping operation.

This is not the first violent intrusion by Israeli army forces, who systematically invade the university’s campus – even though it is specifically protected under international humanitarian law –  and constantly harass students, faculty members, and staff at Birzeit University and other Palestinian educational institutions.

We call upon the academic community to support human rights and protest against these aggressions, which defy all international norms, laws, and rights, and endanger civilians protected under international humanitarian law.

 – Birzeit University statement 7 March 2018  [Birzeit University is in Birzeit near Ramallah, West Bank. Ed]

Times Of Israel reported that: In a video of the incident [above], a group of men in civilian clothing can be seen wrestling a person to the ground, as other members of the group brandish pistols at onlookers. At the end of the short clip, Palestinians could be seen clashing with Israeli soldiers maintaining a perimeter at the entrance to the university. Reports said the commandos, members of the Border Police’s undercover unit, were disguised as Palestinian journalists.


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