Government plea to allow student back

THE NATIONAL Union of Students have stepped in to help a student desperate to return to his studies in the UK.

22-year-old Khaled al-Mudallal has been trapped on the Gaza alongside hundreds of Palestinian students who are desperate to return to the UK to continue their studies.

The Bradford University student has not been able to leave Gaza since an Israeli military clampdown on the region.

He had returned home to marry his childhood sweetheart earlier this year and had planned on returning to the UK in August to begin his third year in Business and Management.

But a clampdown on the Rafah crossing border has left Mr al-Mudallal trapped and his studies in tatters.

Students, lecturers’ leaders and campaigners are now seeking urgent meeting with Ministers to ask for Bradford student’s release from Gaza.

An online petition has already gathered pace with more than 1,000 signatures.

NUS Black Students’ Officer Ruqayyah Collector said: “Khaled urgently needs to return to Bradford to complete his course. By denying Khaled the right to his education, the Israeli Government is abusing his human rights.

“Last Tuesday, Khaled’s case was heard in an Israeli court and his plea to return to his university was rejected.   

“We are urging the British Government to make representations to the Israeli Ambassador and the Israeli Government to allow Khaled to leave Gaza immediately, and to do everything possible to ensure that his right to education is respected.”


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