Student Elections From Hell

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle points out that elections for the student government council at Bir Zeit University focused mainly on which group had killed the most Israelis.

During a two-day campaign, the parties debated, marched through campus with war drums reminiscent of one used by the Prophet Muhammad and waved party flags.

At a debate, the Hamas candidate asked the Fatah candidate: “Hamas activists in this university killed 135 Zionists. How many did Fatah activists from Bir Zeit kill?”

The Fatah candidate refused to answer, suggesting his rival “look at the paper, go to the archives and see for yourself. Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades have not stopped fighting the occupation.”

Fatah set up models of Jewish settlements and then blew them up with fireworks. The display was meant to emphasize the group’s focus on attacking settlers and their communities — considered by Palestinians to be one of the most provocative elements of Israel’s occupation of territory they claim for a state.

Hamas countered by blowing up models of Israeli buses, a tribute to the dozens of suicide bombings its members have carried out in the past three years, killing hundreds of Israelis. Activists held samples of the group’s homemade Qassam rockets — often fired at Gaza Strip settlements and Israeli towns that border the coastal area.

Hat Tip: David Bernstein at the Volokh Conspiracy

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  1. Joe Grossberg December 11, 2003