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Israeli forces raid Abu Dis campus, clash with students
Published Wednesday 22/01/2014 (updated) 25/01/2014 12:02
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University on Wednesday and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students, witnesses said.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that clashes began after Israeli soldiers positioned themselves in front of the main entrance to the university and began stopping students and asking for their identity cards.

Israeli forces then began firing multiple tear gas canisters onto the campus, causing students to retaliate by throwing stones.

Soldiers then breached the perimeter of the university campus and continued to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at students.

Witnesses said Israeli forces in full riot gear were seen on campus and the Red Crescent set up an area to treat wounded students.

"This is more major than anything last year or the year before," a witness told Ma'an, adding that the only way to leave the university was to cross the line of fire of Israeli soldiers.

A popular committee spokesman told Ma'an that over 100 Palestinians, including university students, faculty, and staff, suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, said Hani Halabiya.

Israeli soldiers entered the university through the main gate and threatened campus guards, Halabiya said.

They remained in the university for two hours, not allowing those inside to leave, he added.






















The Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University was the site of frequent raids in 2013, often leading to closures and delays in lectures.

Dozens of students have been injured in the raids and university property has been damaged.
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1 ) Alex Tropp / UK
22/01/2014 19:30
The report states: "Israeli soldiers...began stopping students and asking for their identity cards. Israeli forces then began firing multiple tear gas canisters onto the campus, causing students to retaliate by throwing stones." http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=667359 This is not true. Prof. Najjar reports students began throwing stones in response to abusive language: https://www.facebook.com/rima.najjar.merriman/media_set?set=a.10151985521578422.1073741923.636428421&type=1

2 ) Peter / Sweden
23/01/2014 00:45
I didn not know palestinians could read or write, yet they have a unniversity. How bizarre.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
23/01/2014 04:04
Abu Dis is all Palestinian. Al Azaryeh is all Palestinian which is next door. The whole area is inhabited by Palestinians. So why is the IDF there. The IDF is an irritant and unwelcome. The presence of the IDF causes these clashes. The IDF is only there to harass and impose power and control nothing more and nothing less.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
23/01/2014 08:13
#2 I did not know that Swedes could be racist ignorant morons. How amazing. Consider my mind blown.

5 ) Rami / Palestine
23/01/2014 08:17
#1 I don't think that you read the article at all. Read again: "When I got to campus early this morning of Jan. 22, 2014 at a little before 9:00 a.m., Israeli forces were stationed down the street from the main gate of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis and were shooting tear gas canisters into campus." Nice try though.

6 ) Mel / USA
23/01/2014 17:05
What terrible irony here?1938:Fascist &Nazi Absolutist Black/Brown Shirts,beating up Jews,burning synagogues, persecuting Jewish academia/institutions/professors/students. 1971: US "hard-hats"&Nat.Guard,with bludgeons,baseball bats,guns(spurred on by Nixon's radical Absolutist Christian-Zionist priests&politicians)attacking Kent State university student protests! 2014:Jewish "hard-hat"military,in Zionist-led Israel,attacking UNARMED protesting Palestinian students/academia= Total BDS of Israel!

7 ) Anton / Sweden
27/01/2014 03:24
#4 Unfortunately there are just too many of them around in this country. I was visiting this university just weeks ago. These news are just terrible.

8 ) Three "IF"s / \ Tibi/Tubas
29/01/2014 06:33
1- IF our children play in the streets, they may get hit by cars, just as
if they play with terrorism, they may get arrested by Israel, and
2- IF we don't want this future for our children, then
we must stop them from playing in streets and with terror, and lastly
3- IF we don't stop them, and they do get hurt or arrested, then
we should blame ourselves, instead of car drivers or the state of Israel !!!
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