UK medical students arrested in Israel
- By: Clare Hughes
Two fourth year medical students were arrested in the Middle East during their elective. Israeli authorities held Ayaz Ghani and Tahseen Chaudhry, who are studying at Birmingham University, for 11 days as they tried to enter Israel from Jordan.
Chaudhry said, “They told us we were being arrested because we looked suspicious; I think because we were two British Asians. We were constantly asking for access to the British Embassy but they initially told us they wanted to ask questions because we looked suspicious so I thought we would only be held for a few hours.
“We were held in separate dirty cramped dark cells with a mat on the floor and a dim light that was always on. It was a bit like a medieval dungeon. Israeli security officials interrogated us every day. I felt they were treating us as if we were guilty rather than just looking suspicious.