Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Higher education, PalArab-style

From Ma'an:
Birzeit University near the West Bank city of Ramallah suspended classes until further notice following fighting among students from rival political factions on Tuesday.

Birzeit Public Relations director Ghassan Andoni told Ma'an that the university administration has suspended teaching and evacuated students "for their safety."

A Birzeit student said that students were hospitalized after a fight broke out between supporters of the ruling Fatah party and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

A source close to the Fatah-affiliated student bloc alleged that four masked PFLP students assaulted a Fatah-supporter in his room.
Ma'an Arabic adds some detail, which I do not fully understand in autotranslation but the word "assaulted seems to be an understatement:
Sources claimed vicinity of Youth "that four masked from Algiha People attacked at about one o'clock at dawn today, the student housing (a. C) calculated on the Youth and their Blaatdae by a savage blow with nails through the feet and the point of burning coal and sticks strike, requiring his transfer to hospital Sheikh Zayed in Ramallah for treatment. "
At least they are too moral to drink beer.