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UN ready to work with “any Palestinian government” under Abbas

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

Serry was speaking at the university’s law school and international relations department on “The UN and the Middle East Peace Process,” the diplomat said “ending the occupation and seeing the creation of two states living side by side in peace and security is [the] only way forward and our international responsibility. We cannot give up because no Palestinian state has emerged so far.”

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Fatah wins student council elections at Birzeit, Hebron universities

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Education, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

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The Student Council elections held Wednesday at the West Bank University of Birzeit indicated a drop in Fatah power: The movement won 24 seats, as opposed to 22 seats won by Hamas.

Though winning the elections, Fatah still lost one seat to Hamas since the previous elections. Palestinian sources said the results were indicative of Hamas’ success in the West Bank, despite the recent arrests of its senior members.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3701813,00.html

Results were as follows:

The Shabibeh Students Bloc (Fatah) 24
Islamic Wafa’ Students Bloc (Hamas) 22
Leftist Bloc (PFLP) 4
Palestinian People’s Party 1
Islamic Jihad – withdrew

Several other parties competed in the elections but failed to gain seats.

At Hebron Polytechnic University the Fatah-affiliated Shabibeh Students Bloc won the student council elections after winning 26 out of 31 seats.

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“I’ll be voting for Fatah because my family supports them, and they also have a good political programme for students,” said Ranim Omari, a second-year Psychology student. “Ultimately, both Fatah and Hamas are Palestinian movements and we should be supporting more unity.”

Two first-year female students aged 18 – one of them wearing the Kufiya, a symbol of Palestinian resistance that is increasingly becoming synonymous with Fatah and the PLO – expressed their confusion, although they said they will be voting Hamas.

“I don’t understand anything. I’m only wearing this because it’s fashionable, I like it, but I think I’ll vote for Hamas because they are leading the resistance,” she said.

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