PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release-
The State of Palestine / The Ministry of Higher Education
January 22, 2014
The Ministry of Higher Education Strongly Condemns the Attacks by the Israeli Occupation Authorities Against Al-Quds University, its students and staff, and Demands International Protection
The Ministry of Higher Education denounced today the Israeli occupation army attack against Al-Quds University, for desecrating the sanctity of the institution, obstructing the educational process, and for intentionally horrifying thousands of students and staff members by utilizing all terrorist means including random heavy firing. Consequently, dozens suffered injuries and suffocation, university facilities and buildings were damaged and trees were burnt.
The Ministry of Higher Education considers the Israeli occupation army latest assault against Al-Quds University to be part of a continuous and systematic context of violations against the Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem, including the educational institutions and their cadres. Especially Al-Quds University, which has been exposed to similar constant attacks. Obviously, these violations aim to fight the Palestinian presence in occupied East Jerusalem, to push the Palestinian society towards ignorance and poverty, as well as to kill all the elements of development in this society.
The Ministry criticized this serious move by the Israeli occupation forces of breaking into the university campus and trying to militarize its surroundings with barbed wire, besides the existing Apartheid-Annexation wall. And considers this military aggression blatant and unjustified and in contravention with all international norms, which stress the need to neutralize the educational institutions and the sanctity of violating the civil and educational institutions.
The Ministry also appealed to all the international institutions, organizations and bodies to immediately intervene: to stand strongly and firmly against such aggressions, to take all the necessary measures to protect the educational process and its institutions from these racist policies — to ensure the right of young Palestinians to safe education. Additionally, it called upon all the international academic institutions and universities, their cadres and unions, to denounce racist Israeli occupation policies against the Palestinian academic/educational institutions