Letter to Israeli Authorities Regarding Italian-Palestinian Student Khaled El Qaisi

The BRISMES Committee on Academic Freedom, the Italian Society for Middle East Studies (SeSaMO) and the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) have written a joint letter to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Ambassador Alon Bar to express our concern for the Italian-Palestinian student Khaled El Qaisi.

As associations that are vested in Middle East scholarship and education, we are deeply concerned for the well-being of Khaled El Qaisi who was arrested on August 31, 2023, by the Israeli border police at the Allenby bridge while he, his wife and son were on their way from the West Bank to Amman to return to Italy.

SeSaMO, BRISMES and MESA call on the Israeli authorities intervene to ensure the immediate release of Khaled El Qaisi.