Birzeit University deplores Israel's violation of Palestinian rights

Birzeit University’s administration, teacher’s union, and student council demonstrated on Tuesday, October 27 to express solidarity with Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to denounce Israeli settlers’ and occupation forces' repeated violations of Palestinians rights.

President Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh called on all human rights groups to speak up against Israel’s aggression and to aid Palestinians in achieving a just solution based on international agreements and charters. He further demanded Israel immediately release Birzeit University students who are detained in Israeli jails, in order to for them to resume studying.

“The occupation’s aggression has affected every aspect in our lives,” Abu Hijleh said. “Our university has been deeply affected, just to name one example, by the checkpoints that continue to prevent our students and academics, especially from the city of Jerusalem, from reaching campus. We hold Israel accountable for the safety of our students who choose to demonstrate through non-violent means against the occupation with its heavy weaponry.”

Raqiya Abu Ghosh spoke on behalf of the teachers’ union and university staff saying, “We confirm, despite the escalation in colonial practices represented in the killing and execution of our youth in the streets, the tightening of restrictions, the blocking of Jerusalemites’ movement and the violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinian universities, that our people shall will not be discouraged.”

University student council head Seif Daghlas affirmed that resisting the occupation is Palestinians’ first and last resort. He said all students factions calling for a popular movement are united under the Palestinian flag and the option of resistance.

“No one, said Daghlas, “will be able to suppress these demonstrations and end this uprising as long as there is a Palestinian will and as long as Palestinian blood is being spilled.”