Thousands of students gather to hear their election candidates debate on the University campus. There are currently 7,095 students at Birzeit University, 81.3% of which voted in these Student Council elections.
Thousands of students heard each candidate in a 2 hour debate, chaired by the a special committee of University staff dedicated to Student Council affairs.
At around 2pm, 7 Israeli jeeps turned up at the foot of Birziet University campus, harassing and intimidating students as they walked around the campus to reach the polling stations. Some students threw stones at the jeeps making it clear that Israeli military presence is not welcomed at an educational institution, especially given it’s long history of harassement of students and academics. Israeli soldiers retaliated with gas cannisters and live ammunition.
Students dodge live ammunition fired at them by Israeli soldiers from a distance of metres away. 4 students were injured.