Israa University (Palestine)

Coordinates: 31°31′24″N 34°27′08″E / 31.52344159°N 34.4522148°E / 31.52344159; 34.4522148
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Israa University
Established2014 Edit this on Wikidata (10 years ago)
Typesuniversity Edit this on Wikidata
CountryState of Palestine Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates31°31′24″N 34°27′08″E / 31.52344159°N 34.4522148°E / 31.52344159; 34.4522148 Edit this at Wikidata Edit this on Wikidata

Israa University (also Isra University, al-Israa University or al-Isra University) was a university in the Gaza Strip created in 2014.[1] Its main building was occupied for 70 days and physically destroyed by explosives on 17 January 2024 by Israeli armed forces, during the Israel–Hamas war.[2][3]


Al-Israa University was created in 2014,[1] following the creation of other new Palestinian universities such as University of Palestine.[4]


As of January 2024, the vice-President of the university was Ahmed Alhussaina.[1]


Al-Israa University includes a Law Faculty. Cooperation between the Law Faculty and the Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession [ar] took place in 2019 on issues including the proposed Palestinian Basic Law and human rights and the right to a fair trial.[5]

2023–2024 Israeli occupation and destruction[edit]

During the 2023–2024 Israel–Hamas war, the building housing al-Israa University was occupied and converted to military barracks by Israel military forces for 70 days. According to university administrators, the building was used by the Israeli forces as a base for snipers for shooting civilians in Rashid, al-Mughraqa and al-Zahra streets and as a detention centre. On 17 January 2024, the Israeli forces destroyed the main building and the nearly completed university hospital using explosives.[2][1] The building's destruction was seen as completing the destruction or near-destruction of all higher education buildings in Gaza Strip by Times Higher Education. Samia al-Botmeh of Birzeit University interpreted the completion of the destruction of the buildings as "part of [an] overarching strategy of the destruction of every aspect of services in Gaza that make life there possible".[3] In a press release, the university stated that occupying forces took over 3,000 artifacts from its museum before destroying it.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Israel destroys hundreds of educational institutions in Gaza since the war started". NPR. 24 January 2024. Wikidata Q124402761. Archived from the original on 1 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Israel blows up another university in Gaza". Middle East Monitor. 18 January 2024. Wikidata Q124401200. Archived from the original on 1 February 2024.
  3. ^ a b Patrick Jack (29 January 2024). "Academia in Gaza 'has been destroyed' by Israeli 'educide'". Times Higher Education. ISSN 0049-3929. Wikidata Q124400513. Archived from the original on 29 January 2024.
  4. ^ Bassam M. Abu Hashish (2021), Universities' roles, responsibilities, and cooperation with civil society (PDF), Palestinian NGOs Network, Wikidata Q124400372, archived (PDF) from the original on 1 February 2024
  5. ^ MUSAWA & the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission explore avenues for collaboration (PDF), The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession, July 2019, Wikidata Q124401872, archived (PDF) from the original on 1 February 2024
  6. ^ "Israeli Forces Destroy Main Buildings of Al-Israa University in Gaza". Palestine Chronicle. 2024-01-18. Retrieved 2024-02-08.

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