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Mais Abu Ghosh

Resilient Student, Activist, Rights Defender

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Date of Birth:



Qalandia Refugee Camp, East Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Mais Abu Ghosh is recognized for her courage and resilience as a Palestinian student and activist.

She garnered attention for her arrest and imprisonment by Israeli forces, highlighting broader issues concerning Palestinian rights and the challenges faced by student activists in the region.

Brief bio

A journalism student at Birzeit University, Mais Abu Ghosh was arrested in August 2019. She was charged with membership in a banned student group and participation in activities against Israeli occupation. Her case drew significant attention to the treatment of Palestinian prisoners and the systemic issues within the Israeli judicial system concerning the handling of Palestinian detainees.

Major Milestones


  • Enrolled as a journalism student at Birzeit University.

  • Active member of the Democratic Progressive Student Pole at her university.

  • Arrested by Israeli occupation forces in August 2019.

  • Endured prolonged interrogation and imprisonment.

  • Released from prison after 15 months in November 2020.

  • Advocacy for Palestinian rights and resistance against occupation...See More

  • Involvement in student activism and mobilization on campus...See More

  • Endured and publicly spoke out against torture and ill-treatment during her imprisonment...See More

  • Her case brought international awareness to the plight of Palestinian student activists.

  • Continues to advocate for Palestinian rights and justice post-release

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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