November 25, 1993 |
In a stinging defeat for the Palestine Liberation Organization, hard-line opponents of the agreement with Israel on Palestinian self-government swept the student council elections at Birzeit University, traditionally a political barometer, as sentiment against the accord continued to grow in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
March 26, 1987
An American professor from Birzeit University in the Israeli-occupied West Bank went on trial on charges he incited anti-Israeli demonstrations, the army said. Roger Heacock, 44, of Philadelphia, denied the charges in an Israeli military court and said he was arrested when he inadvertently was caught up in a group of Palestinian women protesting conditions in Lebanon.
March 9, 1985 |
Israeli military authorities Friday ordered the partial closing for two months of the occupied West Bank's second-largest university after the seizure of what they called "inciteful literature" during a midnight raid a week earlier. The shutting down of Birzeit University, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem in a village of the same name, was the first action of its kind by the national unity coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres since it took office last September.
April 21, 1992 |
Israel will permit the largest Palestinian university to reopen after a four-year closure spanning the Arab revolt, which has of late sagged significantly. In making the announcement Monday, Israeli officials and Palestinian spokesmen gave no date for the opening of the campus of Birzeit University, the last of six campuses that had been closed by the Israeli army on the grounds that they were nests of anti-Israeli violence.
August 22, 2001 |
Birzeit University's class of 2001 seems so full of promise as the young men and women, in long black gowns and mortarboards, parade onstage to receive their diplomas. Their parents, bursting with pride, wave from the audience, weep with joy and crane to snap photographs of the momentous event. Outside the walls of the Palestinian university campus, a devastating Israeli siege has West Bank villages in a vise-like grip.