Soldiers Threaten Mass Arrests of Beit Ommar Students

21 May 2011

In the early morning of Saturday, May 21st, Israeli soldiers approached Beit Ommar residences near the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, delivering a message that village university students would be arrested en masse unless demonstrations against Karmei Tsur were halted. University students are now entering a week of final exams, and cannot afford to miss school. At the behest of the students, the Popular Committee agreed to temporarily suspend demonstrations until the end of exams next week.

During the final exams period of 2010, Israeli soldiers conducted unprompted, mass arrests of village university students. Hundreds of students were held without charge through the entirety of their exam period, then released. This unjust and illegal policy of collective punishment is commonplace throughout the West Bank, and is sadly effective at crippling the academic efforts of students living under the Occupation.