According to WAFA, the university administration cited the safety of students and staff as the reason for the suspension, after Israeli soldiers blocked off access to the area around the campus.
Hani Halabiyeh, a local activist, told WAFA that “the Israeli army shut down two schools in the area, a vocational college and an area around al-Quds University campus to seal shut the holes in the [Separation] wall and to set up surveillance cameras in the area, where clashes usually occur”.
He also said that “one person was shot and injured from a live bullet, five from rubber bullets and dozens from tear gas inhalation during the clashes”.
A Palestinian student told Middle East Eye that the soldiers were “stationed near the campus, and forced the university’s security guards to evacuate students and staff from its emergency exit and declare the area closed”.
“They came with bulldozers, and fired tear gas, stun grenades, and bullets”, the student said. “Students are upset about this. It is not the first time the Israeli soldiers are trying to prevent us from education”.