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An Erasmus experience of a lifetime: exchange student shares her journey at BZU

Nargiz Mammadova (34650) 30 Jan 2019
Death: when we hear this word, very cold and keen wind starts to blow on your face and slowly walk to your throat, vessels and finally to your heart, making us taste fear. Death is very abnormal, however, very normal. People can die of sickness, war, hunger or cold. People even die of happiness. It has been more than 80 years Palestinians are dying day by day, piece by piece, drop by drop due to the world's negligence. In this article, I will try to convey something of my experience after participating in the ICM program from a student's point of view. I do this by reflecting on my...
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Snapshots of the Student Movement

Ghassan Khatib (10323) 10 Jan 2019
The student movement at Birzeit University has always been an essential element in the University’s success and its distinctiveness. Birzeit became a university in the 1970s, during a period of vigorous popular political activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Popular, broad-based institutions came into being, accompanied by maturity in the understanding of ways to mobilize the community on a continual basis to resist occupation: by paying attention to social and economic development in order to bolster the community’s steadfastness (sumoud); by instilling awareness of the...
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Palestine’s Green Gold

Dima Masoud (28901) 28 Nov 2018
When I was young, I never really understood my parents’ insistence to only use olive oil imported from Palestine. It took a long time and a great distance in a process that was neither cheap nor convenient. The oil came in old beat-up containers that did not look appealing to me at all. In my head, if they wanted to support distant family back home, they could just send them money and save them and us a big hassle. We could just use the nice looking olive oil containers from the nearby store. Yet, this was never an option in our household. The only olive oil we used at home was from...
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The health of Palestinians

Rita Giacaman (11054) 17 Nov 2018
I commend Richard Horton (Nov 2, p 1612)1for discussing Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land, including the siege of the Gaza Strip, and the effects this occupation has on health and access to health care. It also includes WHO data2on attacks by Israel on Palestinian health services, affecting patients, health workers, ambulances, and health facilities. Horton also includes his Israeli colleagues' response to WHO's report.2 Horton's Israeli colleagues responded in a tone that blames the victim. They emphasise their “desire for Palestinians to enjoy the very highest quality...
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The March of Return

Tina Rafidi (10235) 24 Oct 2018
A traveler I am, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. Khalil Gibran I felt rather strange the other day during a presentation titled "Creating Impact on International Youth in Palestine: Challenges and Opportunities." I was speaking at Birzeit University to a group of Palestinian Americans from Project Hope, a Palestinian youth initiative that seeks to connect young adults who live outside of Palestine with the city of Ramallah and to awaken, or cultivate, the spirit of volunteerism within the larger Palestinian community.[i] Repeatedly, I reminded...
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Community and Public Health

Rita Giacaman (11054) 15 Sep 2018
When I returned to Palestine in September 1978 to join the Biology Department faculty at Birzeit University, I found that the faculty, staff, and students were involved in community development and outreach activities. Community service was and is an integral part of the University’s mission (as central to its mission as a commitment to academic excellence); and faculty members had initiated the Voluntary Work Program (Munir Fasheh), the Archeology Program (Albert Glock), the Literacy and Adult Education Program (Khalil Mahshi and later, Hiyam Abu Ghazaleh), and the Research Center (...
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Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Will Doom Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

Ghassan Khatib 27 Aug 2018
Despite repeatedly announcing his intention to present a bold, sweeping plan to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. President Donald Trump continues to keep everyone waiting. If he ever does present his plan, it is set to backfire, for several reasons.  For one thing, the Trump administration has been shunned by Palestinians since it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December. Palestinians were angered by the move, arguing that the U.S. government violated its role as mediator and sponsor of the peace process by adopting Israel’s position on Jerusalem. Palestinian...
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A Bastion of Democracy

Maen H. Saa (32681) 18 Jul 2018
How Birzeit University’s Student Council elections became the gauge of Palestinian politics Back in the summer of 2015, when I was a student in my third year at Birzeit University, a group of American and European graduate students came to visit the university’s campus as part of a student-exchange program. Being an English major who, ostensibly, could hold a conversation in English, I was invited to welcome the students and guide them on a tour of the campus, to be followed by a Q&A session on anything and everything they had in mind. Now, if you’re an international student...
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Palestine still the issue: Reflections on my recent visit to Birzeit University

Claudia Chaufan (32457) 25 Jun 2018
I find it hard to believe that my recent visit to Birzeit University (BZU) lasted only five weeks – the hills, the sky, the soft, sandy colour of local stones, the colleagues who hosted me, the students I connected with, they all feel so familiar, as if I had known both people and landscape for a long time. And yet it was indeed only five weeks! I arrived in BZU early May, in the company of my husband Julian Field, thanks to an academic scholarship provided by the Fulbright Commission, yet in no small part as well thanks to the effort and hospitality of Prof. Randa Nasser, her colleagues...
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40 Years of Fobzu: a history of supporting Palestinian education

Fobzu (31315) 12 Jun 2018
Since 1978, Fobzu has been working to promote the advancement of Palestinian education under occupation and in exile. Over the past 40 years, Fobzu has furthered the cause of Palestinian education by raising awareness in the UK about the needs of Palestinian students and academics and their struggle, supporting educational projects and providing scholarships and bursaries to students in financial need. 40 Years of Supporting Palestinian Education During its early years, Fobzu supported Birzeit University by raising awareness among the UK academic community about the difficulties of...
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