Promotion of Terrorism Against Israel at Birzeit U Highlighted in Profile of Palestinian Institution of Higher Learning
In a Financial Times Friday feature on the Palestinian university Birzeit near Ramallah, students and faculty voiced their support for violence against the Jewish state.
“The Israelis never give us anything without a confrontation,” said Jihad Hassan Manasar in the piece, titled “Young Palestinians start to lose faith in two-state solution.” Mohammad Makhalfeh concurred, explaining that armed “resistance,” not compromise, is the path to attaining “our land.”
Professor Ghassan Khatib pointed to the terror group Hamas’s recent victory in the school’s student elections — for the second time — as an illustration of Birzeit’s “civilized debate” and democratic traditions. He noted, however, that students may “sometimes ‘overdo’ their activism at the expense of their studies.”
According to FT, Birzeit administrators estimated that, at any given time, 60-70 of their 12,000 students are imprisoned for “security offenses.”
Late last year, Birzeit students held a rally on campus, during which they dressed in fatigues, held machines guns and called to “blow up” Israelis. Experts on terrorism and incitement at Palestinian universities told The Algemeiner that Western institutions should take note of this behavior and consider cutting ties with the school.
As The Algemeiner previously reported, academic freedom at Palestinian universities is often restricted by a culture of intimidation and violence, often perpetuated by student groups radicalized by terror cells.