University demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners grabs Knesset committee’s attention

A demonstration conducted by Arab students at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University has grabbed the attention of the Knesset’s Education Committee, which will convene in order to discuss several incidents and events that took place on campus recently.

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The Knesset Education Committee will convene soon in order to discuss the recent series of events and incidents at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Last week, a demonstration in support of the Palestinian hunger-striking security prisoners was held by Arab students from the Hadash movement on campus.

During the demonstration, the members of the political party’s student movement waved posters with the pictures of terrorists who have been convicted of murder and called for the expulsion of Zionists from Israel. Some of the protesters clashed with right-wing activists from Im Tirtzu who gathered for a counter-protest.

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In addition to the demonstration and the incident that took place during it, the committee will discuss the university marking the Palestinian Nakba Day. “Something bad is happening at Hebrew University,” MK Amir Ohana (Likud), who is a member of the committee, told Channel 2 Online. “It appears that there are people who recently forgot that this is an academic Zionist institution in the State of Israel’s capital and not a Palestinian nationalistic organization.”

“The reality where a student is attacked only because he wanted to exercise his legitimate right to protest with an Israeli flag and the hooligan-like interruptions from extreme left-wing [students] during a speech given by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat need to set off a red light in the academic system,” the chairman of Im Tirtzu stated.

A complaint was filed at a police station last week against the university due to the attack. In response to the complaint, the university stated: “The student event in support of the hunger-striking prisoners was held in accordance with the rules and nothing was said there that constitutes a violation of law.”



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