Sunday 19 April 2015

Prisoner Museum Visit

Today we visited the Abu Jihad Museum for the Prisoners Movement Affairs at Al Quds University. It displays shocking pictures of the treatment of Palestinian prisoners, and really brought home the reality of incarceration for the many men we have met who have spent time in Israeli jails.

The Israeli Army often target Al Quds University, setting up checkpoints at its entrance, demanding IDs and making arrests. It can be no coincidence that the majority of arrests are made during the exam periods.

Last year more than 2000 tear gas canisters were fired into the university, more than 1000 lectures were cancelled due to Israeli violence, and more than 1000 students were injured. The university had to set up an Emergency Unit with an on-site ambulance after 400 students were injured in 1 day from an Israeli attack.

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