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PA ministry condemns Israeli attack on Al-Quds campus
Published Thursday 23/01/2014 (updated) 09/04/2014 11:53
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday strongly condemned an Israeli raid on Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis in which dozens of students suffered tear gas inhalation and university property was damaged.

The PA ministry denounced the attack as "desecrating the sanctity of the institution, obstructing the educational process," and "intentionally horrifying thousands of students and staff members by utilizing all terrorist means including random heavy firing."

The raid on Wednesday was part of a "continuous and systematic context of violations against the Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, including the educational institutions and their cadres," a statement added.

These violations aim to challenge the Palestinian presence in occupied East Jerusalem and push Palestinian society towards ignorance and poverty, the ministry said.

The raid on the university campus is "military aggression" which is in contravention of international norms which stress for educational institutions to remain neutral.

Israeli forces raided the Abu Dis campus on Wednesday and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students, preventing them from leaving the area.

A popular committee spokesman told Ma'an that over 100 Palestinians, including university students, faculty, and staff, suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation, while witnesses said the escalation was the most severe in years.

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 ) Lina / Ukraine
23/01/2014 10:53
The tradition continues; Universities providing quality education are under attack, while certain 'dumbing down' Palestinian universities promoting orthodoxy are being financed by the 'higher powers'.

2 ) Mel / USA
23/01/2014 16:12
Yeh riiiight! PA 'condemns" Israel,its occupying paymaster? Zionism's proxy-poodle,the PA probably asked Israel FIRST,for permission to "condemn" it,LOL,as a lily-livered gesture,while doing nothing about actually resisting the total erasure of ALL Palestine from the histo-geo map.No Palestine=No Al-Quds University.The students are more brave than the PA cronies who do ZERO to stop Zionism's 'desecration'of pluralistic,ancient PALESTINE,except pretend to "talk".But never MARCH,WITH THE STUDENTS!

3 ) lsco3453 / Australia
23/01/2014 21:45
This is a disgrace. Australia is now the G20 chair and should be protesting this at the highest level. They will not, because they have a pro-right wing, pro-Israeli stance. I would invite all that disagree with this to boycott Australian and Israeli products.

4 ) Tobias / USA
23/01/2014 21:51
International ministries condemning Israeli policy have proven for 65 years to be meangingless, so
PA ministry condemning Israeli are even less meaningful, and waiting another 65 years is not an option for Palestine, if it ever expects to become a real state !!

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/01/2014 22:08
To Lina #1: 'The tradition continues; Universities providing quality education are under attack, while certain 'dumbing down' Palestinian universities promoting orthodoxy are being financed by the 'higher powers'.' One can hardly expect the Israelis to encourage intellectual freedom among the untermenschen. Think if the Nazis had tried to run Poland that way!

6 ) spb / usa
23/01/2014 23:49
so everyone can fight Al Qudsida but Israel?

7 ) High / Education
24/01/2014 00:04
There are several degrees available for the Al-Quds University graduates: Master of Terror, Bachelor of Murder, Associate degree in Fire Bombs. university offer extensive training in those field and will issue death certificates on completion of the courses.

8 ) Yusuf / South Africa
24/01/2014 01:30
Its ironic that while" peace talks" take place more provocative violations occur on a daily basis by the Apartheid Israeli state

9 ) Mel / USA
24/01/2014 16:12
#7:High/Education:Pot-kettle!"several degrees avaliable"? Does that apply to Al-Harvard-Princeton-Yale-Ox-Cam-Occidental et al,also?Those esteemed cells,or institutions,have'metriculated' OODLES of murderers,101 Brigaders,Absolutist bombers,ethno-theo-'butchers'"& "pious" rad-right sadomasochistic terrorist clones,who also"receive extensive" funding&promotions to positions such as POTUS's,MP's,PM's,'Mega Pastors',Cardinals,Kings,Secretaries of...destruction,sex/war-crimes & economic terrorism!!!

10 ) Wayne / nz
25/01/2014 08:41
@7 .... You are kidding right .... The only masters in terror are the people firing the tear gas .... Honestly they were in class who is constantly terrorizing who This is another crime that will have to be investigated Roll on the end of peace talks , then its court Lmao The game is almost over for Israel , its only a matter of time now. @2 .... Harsh but fair .... Lets just see what happens next
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