’Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.
(Alexander Pope, Epistles to Several Persons, 1734)
What do the convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti (currently serving five life sentences), the suicide bomber who murdered nine people and wounded over 20 others at Tsrifin in 2003, the founder of the Hamas military wing Yahya (‘the engineer’) Ayash and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement have in common?
All of the above terrorists - and several more - studied at Birzeit University near Ramallah which has been under the control of the Palestinian National Authority since the mid 1990s according to the Oslo Accords.
Birzeit is notorious for its extremism and the fact that in elections for its student council, rival terror factions compete for the student vote.
“A third example of a Palestinian university where there has been major crime incitement is Birzeit University near Ramallah. At the end of 2003, elections were held for the student government council. The campaign featured...More >>