|RT | Mar 8, 2018|
Omar Kiswani was taken by soldiers who reportedly posed as journalists. The university posted footage of Wednesday’s raid online, showing a group of six men pinning Kiswani down and pointing their guns at onlookers.
According to the university, the attackers “carrying firearms in their backpacks, entered the campus during working hours and attacked the student in front of the Student Council Building.” It also called the operation a “barbaric intrusion” and said that two students were recovering in hospital after being injured when the Israeli forces fired into the campus.
عضو مجلس طلبة جامعة بيرزيت يحيى علوي: "المستعربون دخلوا متنكرين على شكل صحفيين لاعتقال رئيس المجلس عمر كسواني واعتدوا عليه تزامناً مع اقتحام قوات الاحتلال للجامعة". pic.twitter.com/pfrTMhi9C9— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) March 7, 2018
This is not the first time 24-year-old Kiswani has been arrested. He previously spent a year in prison for his participation in a group affiliated with Hamas on campus. Following his abduction on Wednesday, Israeli army troops covered the plainclothes operatives’ departure from the scene, firing shots at a group of students throwing stones.
BREAKING: in a first, undercover Israeli forces storm Birzeit University campus and abduct the head of the student council. pic.twitter.com/TnR4MHx8pf— Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) March 7, 2018
Palestinian detainee brutally beaten by #IDF dies in custody in West Bank (VIDEO) https://t.co/BTdP9uPZd9— RT (@RT_com) February 22, 2018