Tamara Nassar Rights and Accountability 7 March 2018
Undercover agents from Israel’s Border Police stormed the Birzeit University campus in the occupied West Bank disguised as journalists on Wednesday.
They beat and arrested Omar Kiswani, the head of the student council.
The university said Wednesday night that two students were injured by Israeli gunfire during the incursion and were being treated at the hospital.
Birzeit University condemned what it called a “barbaric intrusion.”
It said the assault was part and parcel of Israel’s “systematic destruction of Palestinian educational life by targeting academic institutions.”
During the incident, according to the university, students and campus guards confronted the occupation forces, but the Israeli soldiers confined the guards to their quarters.
Earlier, the university posted the video above on YouTube showing several Israeli gunmen beating and kicking Kiswani and brandishing their guns at other students.
The university also tweeted the video, stating that it shows “Israeli forces kidnap university student, fire shots on campus in broad daylight.”
The undercover Israeli agents – so-called mistaravim – dress up as Palestinians to abduct, injure and infiltrate groups of civilians, often during protests against Israel’s military occupation.
Israel has even used mistaravim to kidnap and kill Palestinians inside hospitals.