Israeli occupation forces attack West Bank Birzeit university campus (VIDEO)

Students at Birzeit University are regularly subjected to intimidation, assault and arbitrary arrests by Israeli soldiers. (Photo: via social media)

Israeli occupation forces raided the campus of Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank at dawn on Tuesday, the New Arab reported.

Israeli soldiers broke into the campus at around 4 a.m. after beating the guards and forced their way into science, engineering, pharmacology and graduate schools, sources told the. university in the New Arab.

The soldiers searched faculty buildings and other campus facilities for two hours, damaging some of the contents inside, the sources said.

Dr Ghassan Al-Khatib, deputy president of the university, described the raid as “a dangerous escalation against education in Palestine”.

“The raid directly threatens academic freedom and university life, and is a continuation of the Israeli attack on Palestinian society in general,” he told the New Arab.

Birzeit University is one of the oldest and largest Palestinian universities in the West Bank, with around 14,500 students enrolled in 2020, according to university records.

About 70 students from Birzeit University are currently under Israeli arrest, according to the spokesperson.

(The New Arabic, PC, social networks)

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