As Palestinian student elections approach, two more student activists and leaders were among seven Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces in pre-dawn military raids Friday, 8 April. The two students, Salsabil Shalaldeh and Ibrahim Salhab, are both members of the elected Student Union at Palestine Polytechnic University, where they represent the Islamic Bloc, one of the student blocs active in student affairs.
Shalaldeh, 21, from Sair north of al-Khalil, is the daughter of imprisoned Sheikh Zawadi Shalaldeh, held in administrative detention without charge or trial for the past three months by Israeli occupation forces. She studies information technology at the university. Salhab, from Doha near Bethlehem, is also active with the Islamic Bloc and the Student Union at PPU.
Members and offices of the Islamic Bloc and the Progressive Student Labor Front, Islamic and leftist student blocs, have been raided and arrested in the past weeks as campus elections approach in the coming weeks.
Four people were arrested in Al-Arroub refugee camp near al-Khalil, and another Palestinian was arrested in Qalqilya.