‘This is my country’: Cambridge University bans Arabic students travelling to Palestine amid fear of deportation by Israeli security

By Martin Coulter, London Evening Standard.

The University of Cambridge has banned its Arabic students from studying in Palestinian territories as part of their year abroad.

The decision comes after a number of Cambridge students travelling there were either interrogated or deported by Israeli security.

The Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been occupied by the Israeli state since the Six Day War of 1967 (although Israel officially disengaged from Gaza in 2005, its status as an occupied territory remains a matter of dispute in the international sphere).

Five students, four female and one male, faced difficulties when landing at Ben-Gurion Airport, in Tel-Aviv, throughout the 2016/17 academic year.

They are required as part of their course of study to spend eight months in a country where their chosen discipline is the first language.


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