[Pnews] Israeli Undercover Police Storm Palestinian University, Kidnap Student Leader

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  Israeli Undercover Police Storm Palestinian University, Kidnap Student

8 March 2018

Undercover agents from *Israel*’s Border Police posing as journalists 
Wednesday stormed *Birzeit University*, near the city of Ramallah in the 
occupied *West Bank*, and kidnaped the head of the student council, 
*Omar Kiswani.*

Birzeit University issued a statement condemning what it called the 
“barbaric intrusion” that left two other students injured by Israeli 
gunfire. According to a statement issued by the university, the assault 
is part of the “systematic destruction of Palestinian educational life 
by targeting academic institutions.”

Witnesses say students and campus guards confronted the *Israeli 
occupation* forces to protect Omar but the soldiers were able to confine 
the guards to their quarters using lethal force.

They also told Shehab News Agency the gunmen arrived at the university 
in a bus with Palestinian licence plates, dressed as civilians and 
carrying press equipment.

“They identified Omar and called over to him as if they wanted to 
interview him (then) they beat him, pulled out their weapons, and a 
large group of occupation soldiers stormed through the main entrance of 
the university,” Yahya Alawi, a member of the student council who 
witnessed the assault, told Quds News Network.

Students threw stones at the soldiers who responded with live ammunition.

*Israeli* occupation forces are known to dress as civilians and 
infiltrate demonstrations to arrest Palestinians in the West Bank.

The student leader is a member of a bloc aligned with the *Islamic 
Resistance Movement Hamas* and has previously denounced being arrested 
and interrogated by Palestinian Authority forces. Birzeit University has 
been repeatedly raided by Israeli occupation forces and dozens of its 
students have been arrested.

According to Ynet News, the Israeli journalist union has condemned the 
Israeli forces for disguising as journalists, arguing it endangers the 
work of real journalists.

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