INTRODUCTION: The Palestinian students, teachers and employees at a West Bank university have condemned what they call repressive Israeli measures against their academic freedom.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Security patrols outside university (2 shots)
SV Palestinian students leaving university
SV Protest banner inside university
GVs Student demonstrators at a meeting inside university, chanting and clapping (4 shots)
SV People walking outside university
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Palestinian students, teachers and employees at a West Bank university have condemned what they call repressive Israeli measures against their academic freedom. During a meeting at the Najach University in Nablus on Tuesday (20 January), they decided to stand up to the alleged infringements of human right and to make them public.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli security forces patrolled the streets outside the university while the debate was going on. A wave of student demonstrations and shootings took place on the West Bank last year. Higher education emerged as the focus for the continuing struggle between Jews and Arabs. In part, the problem stems from an Israeli security regulation requiring Palestinian universities in the region to renew their licenses every year -- a new ruling which places them under permanent threat of closure.
West Bank universities have accused the Israeli authorities of practices leading to the expulsion of students and teachers from their colleges. They also charge the Israeli military of shooting unarmed students inside the university and school campuses. But the authorities maintain they're only concerned with political activities at the universities.
The Israelis take credit for the growth of the universities during the 13 years of their occupation of the West Bank. They complain that political elements have been exploiting these institutions to advance their own aims. And they say that some students have been incited to carry on political activities hostile to Israel.