Snapshots of the Student Movement
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...
The health of Palestinians
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...
The March of Return
24 Oct 2018
A traveler I am, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul.
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...
Community and Public Health
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 (...
Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Will Doom Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians
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...
A Bastion of Democracy
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...
Palestine still the issue: Reflections on my recent visit to Birzeit University
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...
40 Years of Fobzu: a history of supporting Palestinian education
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...
Meet Birzeit University’s Dream Team
26 May 2018
We are Duha Abdallah, Hadeel Salameh, Habsa Awawdeh, Samera albalawi, and Daived Habash, the Dream Team. We are a group of marketing students whose dreams went beyond the requirements of the Public Relations course that banded us together.
The Public Relations course, MKET231, requires a group of five students to present an Important Final Project, so we decided to improve society in a way that cannot be forgotten. We came up with a remarkable idea to help students at Birzeit University make a name for themselves.
The idea, named BZU’s Got Talent, will create massive buzz once it...
A Student in the Late Sixties
2 May 2018
I studied at Birzeit College between 1968 and 1970. In 1968, there were about 168 students total (freshmen and sophomores, arts and sciences), and in 1969, about 196.
So it was like an extended family, and in fact it was the first setup when we could experience the multiplicity of Palestinians in terms of geography and class. We had students from Gaza and Nablus, it was a coeducational school, which added to the flavor of the place, and it focused on lots of cultural activities.
Gabi Baramki and Tania Nasir organized the production of Gilbert and Sullivan musicals like “Trial by Jury”...