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Date of Incident: February 12, 2019

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Institution(s):Al Quds University

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 12, 2019, Israeli forces reportedly clashed with students during a military raid that surrounded Al-Quds University.

Media reports indicate that the soldiers entered the town of Abu Dis and surrounded Al-Quds University and a nearby secondary school while classes were in session. The raid reportedly sparked clashes between soldiers and students from the two campuses. Soldiers then fired tear gas and rubber bullets, in an apparent effort to disperse the students. At least 17 students were reportedly treated for tear gas inhalation.

As of this report, Israeli military officials have not commented on the raid.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the entry onto campus and use of force by armed government authorities. While state authorities have a right to maintain order and security, they must do so in a manner that is proportional to the situation and respects institutional autonomy. Absent a compelling reason for doing so, unauthorized entry onto campus by government troops may violate institutional autonomy.