Birzeit Staff, Students Rally in Support of Hunger-Striker al-Qiq

RAMALLAH, February 18, 2016 (WAFA) – Birzeit University’s administration, Workers’ Union and students Thursday organized a sit-in at the university campus in Birzeit town, north of Ramallah, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Mohammad al-Qiq.

The protestors called for immediate and unconditional release for al-Qiq, a former Birzeit University student and head of students’ council, who has been on a hunger strike for 85 days in protest of being detained by Israeli authorities without a charge or trial.

They demanded all academic institutions and international organizations to work together to implement campaigns of boycott and sanctions against Israel and its illegal measures against Palestinians.

President of the university, Abdul-Latif Abu Hijleh, said during the sit-in, “Palestinian journalists have always been on the frontline, and al-Qiq is now experiencing forceful and abusive measures from the Israeli occupation because he practiced his normal right of speech and freedom of expression.”

On behalf of the Workers’ Union, Salem Thawaba demanded that officials should urgently interfere to end al-Qiq’s torture. He stressed on the importance of unity and reconciliation for al-Qiq whose health has deteriorated to the point of facing imminent death.