Palestine's Ministry of Education has formally demanded that Tel Aviv release 340 students from prison. Sabri Saidam the Palestinian Minister of Education called out Israel on the detentions and other violations of international law. Omar al-Keswani, head of the student council at Birzeit University was arrested last week by Israeli forces. Saidam described the scene at the time, “A massacre was about to take place on campus as Israeli forces opened fire during the raid” to arrest al-Keswani, Saidam adding that the raid was “organized state terrorism and unprecedented arrogance.”
Saidam has also called upon the International Federation of Universities as well as Unesco to step in in regards to Israel's violations of international law. There are 311 students currently in custody, Saidam reported at a press conference. Saidam referred to the raid as “organized state terrorism and unprecedented arrogance.”
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The raid began with Israeli forces disguised as journalists claiming they wanted to interview them after which they were attacked and arrested. Saidam claims they fired indiscriminately into the crowd. The Journalist Support Committee has gone on the record to denounce the "exploitation of the press profession by the occupation for military purposes" and believe the actions here constituted "a serious infringement on the press professiona dn a dangerous precedent that endangers the lives of Palestinian journalists."
It is Saidam's belief that the Israeli occupation is specifically targeting students and the Palestinian education system in general. In addition, nine students were killed and 603 injured by IDF as of last year. Defense for Children International, Israel has detained, interrogated, arrested or jailed over 10,000 minors in under two decades.