IDF Raids Bir Zeit University, Seizes Weapons, Hamas Material
Sunday night Israeli security officials conducted a raid at Bir Zeit University. They found weapons, Hamas propaganda and arrested 15 terror suspects.
Birzeit University has long been a hotbed of political activity, and this has held true during the current unrest. Two of its best known alumni are leading Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti, who serves a life sentence in Israeli jail, and hunger striker Khader Adnan.
The IDF said the raid on Birzeit, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah, was directed at terror cells believed to be operating from the campus. Al Jazeera describes those arrested as “politically active”.
“Security forces seized materials including propaganda for Hamas belonging to the illegal association ‘Kotla,’ known for its links to the Hamas terror organization,” an IDF statement read.
“Incitement is a major factor fueling the recent terror. Localized cells affiliated with large organizations, including Hamas, promote and encourage terror and acts of violence against Israeli civilians and security forces,” the statement added.
Last April in a simulated election Hamas beat out political rival Fatah in the Birzeit student council election, marking a dramatic turn in the school’s political alliances. Birzeit is considered the best university in the West Bank.
For a completely different view, not mentioning arrests or the weapons found, see: middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-forces-ransack-buildings-west-bank-university-raid-617510864 I’m disappointed in this 2nd story for it is not listing all of the details, that’s an AFP story, maybe they did not have all of the details but they’ve been said to not favorably report on Israel. So what is the truth?