Dozens of student organizers from the Democratic Pole, the leftist student bloc at Bir Zeit University, protested and confronted the visit of the French consul of the University on Wednesday, November 19. The students declared him unwelcome at the University, as the representative of a colonialist state. Further, they demanded the liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Lebanese Arab political prisoner in French prisons, who was active in the Lebanese Communist Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and has been imprisoned since 1984 with the full support of the United States and the occupation state.
“We reject the visit of the French consul to Bir Zeit University, the University of Martyrs;” “We reject normalization with the colonialist state that imprisons Comrade Georges Abdallah;” read the students’ signs.
Sbeih Sbeih, a student activist, said that “France is a colonial state which has condemed the Palestinian struggle for liberation and the Palestinian revolution, like other colonial powers such as Britain and America…I am a student at Bir Zeit University, and we do not honor or welcome the representatives of these states to lecture before students. We are determined to preserve the cultural heritage of Bir Zeit University and do not accept in any way the reception of the representative of a colonial state that has supported Israel all the way.”