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Right to Education Campaign condemns detention of Palestinian student

Nov. 19, 2018 3:37 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 11:21 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Right to Education Campaign expressed its grave concern over the detention of Yahya Rabie, the head of the student union at Birzeit University, on Monday.

Rabie, a third-year student in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Birzeit University, was detained by Israeli forces from his family home in the al-Mazraa al-Gharbiyeh village, north of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

The Public Relations Office in the Birzeit University issued a press statement, saying “Such outrageous acts are categorical violation of international laws and norms, which all forbid any violation against the basic right of people to the right of education.”

The statement added “The Right to Education Campaign views this attack as a dangerous aggression against academia and Palestinian students. Palestinians aspire to live by the values of democracy, freedom of speech and respect for human rights, and these violations will not deter its commitment to higher education, and the pivotal role it has played since its establishment.”

The statement stressed that these regular attacks are “part of systematic oppressive measures aimed at undermining the foundation of our education system, violating basic human rights, terrorizing our youth into submission, especially those who are part of Birzeit University's student council.”

“Since 2004, around 800 of the university's students have been detained at one time, among them 16 female students. Currently, over 60 students are detained in Israeli prisons, many under administrative detention with no charges.”

The Right to Education Campaign called for all international support to hold Israel accountable for the crime of breaching the Palestinian youth's right to education.

The campaign also urged all parliamentary representatives, university communities, professional and academic associations, student associations, human rights organizations, and United Nations agencies to take an immediate action to stop Israel's repressive measures against Palestinians and assert their basic rights to learn, grow and prosper freely and independently.

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