10 Fatah-affiliated students dismissed from Birzeit University
Published Thursday 05/09/2013 (updated) 05/09/2013 21:13
NABLUS (Ma’an) – The administration of Birzeit University has decided to dismiss 10 students affiliated to Fatah including a coordinator of the activities of Fatah-affiliated students in campus, a party spokesman said.
Ahmad Assaf highlighted in a statement Thursday that the decision was surprising and that the Fatah movement rejected it strongly. “This is a dangerous move ignoring students’ demands and turning a blind eye to the dire conditions the Palestinian people face.”
Such decisions, he added, are like “death penalty” against those students whose only fault was that they mirrored their colleagues’ demands. “They were elected democratically to represent their colleagues.”
The student union at al-Najah National University in Nablus denounced the move.
“This decision lacks the minimum level of rationality and rejects the concept of dialogue,” said union chief Saad Judeh. He urged the administration to take back the decision and take the students’ demands seriously.
Vice president for development and communication Ghassan al-Khatib said the student union imposed a strike preventing students and faculty from entering campus. He urged the council to end their strike and allow students and faculty onto campus.
Asked about the dismissal of the students, he said it was a disciplinary decision in line with the university's regulations. The decision goes into effect next Monday and will be cancelled if the strike is brought to an end.