Israeli occupation’s abhorrent crimes requires immediate international intervention to provide protection for the Palestinian academic institutions

Palestinian national figures and civil society organizations have condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ criminal assault on Birzeit University on 10 January 2022, calling on the international community to intervene to provide protection to Palestinian academic and cultural institutions 
 
In a statement sent to the “Syriatimes” e-newspaper, the 33 undersigned national figures and civil society organizations, vehemently condemn the Israeli occupation forces’ criminal assault on Birzeit University on 10 January 2022. 
 
“The Israeli forces raided - namely, the Birzeit University campus, firing live ammunition, injuring students, and abducting and detaining several of them. We hold the occupation authorities fully responsible for the safety of the incarcerated students and demand their immediate release”, the statement said. 
 
It added: “This abhorrent crime requires immediate international intervention to provide protection for the Palestinan people as well as Palestinian academic and cultural institutions. It also requires that all Palestinians, individuals and organizations, to rally to the defense of Birzeit University, a distinguished national and academic institution. Birzeit University prides itself on its established and rich history of political and intellectual diversity and inclusion, while practicing and defending participatory democracy, making it a cornerstone in Palestinian resilience as well as the resistance to the occupation.”
 
The statement called for focusing our collective efforts and energies on confronting the Israeli aggression and denying the occupier the opportunity to undermine and weaken our institutions or meddle in our internal affairs.
 
“We also urge for continued internal dialogue within the university and in a manner that guarantees the resolution of any internal disputes and allows for the prompt resumption of academic life on campus,” it concluded. 
 
 
Hanan Ashrawi
 
Azmi Al-Shuaibi
 
Mamdouh Al-Aker
 
Hani Al-Masri
 
Abdelqader Al-Husseini
 
Shawan Jabarin
 
Ammar Dweik
 
Issam Arouri
 
Majida Al-Masri
 
Mohamed Al-Aboushi
 
Muhram Al-Barghouthi
 
Sami Khader
 
Mahmoud Al-Ifranji
 
Abdallah Jarrar
 
Ubai Aboudi
 
Tahrir Al-Araj
 
Abdelfattah Abu Surour
 
Amjad Al-Shawa
 
Hilmi Al-Araj
 
Sanaa Shubeita
 
Mohamad Salameh
 
Khaled Kuzmar
 
Fadwa Al-Husseini
 
Munjed Abu Jeish
 
Fuad Abu Seif
 
Mohamad Al-Hasasneh
 
Sahar Francis
 
Issam Younis
 
Alaa Skafi
 
Lily Feidy
 
Honaisa Ghanem
 
Palestinian NGO Network
 
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council
 
 
Basma Qaddour