Fobzu and UCU present




The growing attack on Palestinian students:


Education and arbitrary detention under military occupation




Aleisha Ebrahimi

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and Associate Lecturer in Law at UCL


Milena Ansari

International Advocacy Officer, Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Carmen Kishek

Co-ordinator, Right to Education Campaign at Birzeit University


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When: 6.30pm, Thursday 14th April

Where: Zoom

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Today approximately 70 students at Birzeit University are in Israeli jails with 55 detained during the year 2021 alone, among them were 27 arrested for engaging in student civic activism. Ahead of the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day held on 17th April, with leading experts and practitioners in the field, we discuss the escalating attack on Palestinian students by Israeli military authorities in the occupied West Bank and the impact this is having on them and Palestinian higher education at large.


Aleisha Ebrahimi is a Family Law Associate Lecturer (Teaching) at UCL's Faculty of Laws and a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris. She is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is head of the Student Protection Project. Her research focuses on gender equality and legislative attempts to eradicate Gender Based Violence as a matter of international human rights law.


Carmen Kishek is Information and Publications Officer at the Public Relations Office at Birzeit University. She also serves as Co-ordinator of the Right to Education Campaign at Birzeit.


The Education, Occupation & Liberation programme is co-hosted with the University and College Union (UCU). The series of lectures and seminars brings together Palestinian, UK and international scholars, students and practitioners to explore the challenges facing Palestinian education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine.

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