This book tells the remarkable story of Birzeit University, Palestine's oldest university in the Occupied Territories. Founded against the backdrop of occupation, it is open to all students, irrespective of income. Putting the study of democracy and tolerance at the heart of its curriculum, Birzeit continues to produce idealistic young people who can work to bring about a peaceful future. Gabi Baramki explains how the University has survived against shocking odds, including direct attacks where Israeli soldiers have shot unarmed students. Baramki himself has been dragged from his home at night, beaten and arrested. Yet Birzeit continues to thrive, putting peace at the heart of its teaching, and offering Palestinians the opportunities that only education can bring.
Gabi Baramki was a major figure in the Palestinian resistance movement, who devoted his life to education at Birzeit, including 19 years as acting President of the University. He co-founded the PEACE (Palestinian European Academic Cooperation in Education) Programme, and he was awarded the Medal Palme Academique by the French Ministry of Education. He died in August 2012.
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 Growing Up in Palestine Chapter 2 Peace and War Chapter 3 Occupation and Education Chapter 4 Targeting Birzeit Chapter 5 Developing Birzeit Chapter 6 "Cells of Illegal Education" Chapter 7 "Shaking Off" and Being Shaken Chapter 8 Not Obeying Orders Chapter 9 Networking Round the World Chapter 10 Harassment and Hair Gel Chapter 11 Preaching to the Choir Appendix i Chronology - Birzeit University Appendix ii Deportation Statement from Hanna Nasir November 74 Appendix iii Israeli lies and half-truths 16 January 1979 Appendix iv Press release from BZU after 1979 closure Appendix v BZU press release after opening in April 1992 Appendix vi Report from 5 Hebrew University professors on order 854 - 1980 Appendix vii-a Example of Required loyalty oath. A Commitment form - 1982-3 Appendix vii-b work permit A with item 18 - 1980 Appendix vii-c work permit B without item 18 - 1980 Appendix viii Letter to Secretary Baker - March 1992 Location of Photograph and Maps Map-Photograph Captions