Yesterday, Birzeit University in Ramallah was subject to raids by Israeli occupation forces. KCL Action Palestine sends this message of solidarity to the students at Birzeit university. The right to education is a fundamental human right and Palestinian students are consistently faced with city closures, military roadblocks and the 8m high apartheid barrier – illegal under international law – which runs through the West Bank and prevents thousands of students and staff from reaching university.
Israeli Occupation forces have a track record of arresting Palestinians and holding them for prolonged amount of times without charge under the policy of administrative detention. Administrative detention is the policy of arrest and detention of individuals without trial. At the time of writing, Addameer reported that nearly 200 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israeli Occupation forces under the policy of administrative detention. In some instances, students have had to return back to education after a year or two of arrest and detention.
This raid comes in light of the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. The Israeli Occupation Forces have increased their presence in the West Bank since the kidnapping, with Hebron under siege this week.
In the UK we have seen widespread “cops off campus” demonstrations against the heavy police presence on our campuses in response to politicised student activity. What is happening in Birzeit University shows us why we were protesting, Palestinian students see their freedoms denied daily. This recent raid saw the occupation forces looting from student blocs.
Whilst those in opposition to the Palestine solidarity movement claim that our emphasis on employing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions upon the government of Israel impinges upon their own academic freedom, we see the exact thing happening in the occupied territories as a result of Israel’s policies of discrimination.
KCL Action Palestine supports and stands with the students at Birzeit University against these acts of intimidation and the Israeli occupation that continues to deny Palestinians their right to education.
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