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PA TV: “[Arab] students at Hebrew University have reclaimed occupied territories in Jerusalem"
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Official PA TV:

"[Arab] students at Hebrew University

have reclaimed occupied territories in Jerusalem"

 

Arab students chanted: 

"The amphitheater is ours"

[Official PA TV, May 23, 2014]

 

Arab student at Hebrew U. [in 2011]:

"The Watan ("Homeland") movement was founded...

within the walls of Hebrew University,

within the walls of an Israeli institution,

and has proven the theory of the 'cultural Trojan horse'"

[Official PA TV, Nov. 25, 2011]

 

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

 

Official Palestinian Authority TV lauded Israeli Arabs of the student movement 
Watan ("Homeland") for a festival they held in the amphitheater at Hebrew University last month. PA TV reported that "songs dedicated to the prisoners and the Martyrs were sung," and described the event on the Hebrew University campus as "reclaiming occupied territories in Jerusalem." [Official PA TV, May 23, 2014]

 

Hebrew University in Jerusalem is on Mount Scopus, which has been part of the State of Israel since the armistice agreement with Jordan in 1949. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA routinely presents all of Israel as "occupied Palestine."

 

PA TV reported that the Arab participants chanted "the slogan: 'The amphitheater is ours.'" The PA TV reporter added that "in fact it [the amphitheater] was theirs. They restored the Arab character of the land on which Hebrew University was built, even if only for one day."

 

The PA TV journalist ended her report with the words:

"Christine Rinawi, from Hebrew University in occupied Jerusalem."

 

In 2011, a member of the same Watan (Homeland) Arab student movement at Hebrew University called the Arab student organization a "cultural Trojan horse":

"The Watan movement was founded five years ago within the walls of Hebrew University, within the walls of an Israeli institution, and has proven the theory of the 'cultural Trojan horse.' It has proven that it can establish Palestinian identity within Israeli institutions." [Official PA TV, Nov. 25, 2011]

 

Later that year, at a demonstration organized by the Watan movement against an Israeli "Prawer Plan" for resettling several Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert, the same student also denied Israel's existence, referring to the Negev, Nazareth and "the north" as "Palestine":

"We and our people in the Negev [are] one... We need to make our voice heard on all levels, across the world, here at the University, in the Negev and in Nazareth, in the north, everywhere in Palestine, in order to emphasize that we are one arm, and that Palestine is one." [Official PA TV, Dec. 12, 2011]   

  

The following are longer excerpts of the reports:

 

Official PA TV News reported on the Arab Heritage Festival at Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Official PA TV reporter: "The Palestinian flag [flying] at the head of the scouts [parade] opened the festival, which was held at the [Hebrew] University's main amphitheater for the first time - the very amphitheater at which the first British High Commissioner Herbert Samuel and [Lord President of the British Council Arthur James] Balfour, announced the founding of Hebrew University in 1925, 89 years ago. Today, the [Arab] students at Hebrew University have reclaimed occupied territories in Jerusalem. Songs dedicated to the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) were sung by the singer Rim Banna from Nazareth... [The participants chanted] the slogan, 'The amphitheater is ours,' and in fact, it was theirs. They restored the Arab character of the land on which Hebrew University was built, even if only for one day, without weapons, but through their own tradition and by raising the flag of their Palestinian identity. Christine Rinawi, from Hebrew University in occupied Jerusalem."

[Official PA TV, May 23, 2014]

 

Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem interviewed Moaz Al-Qaimari, a member of the student body Watan movement, in 2011:


Moaz Al-Qaimari, Director of the
Watan Festival:
 

"The Watan movement was founded five years ago within the walls of Hebrew University, within the walls of an Israelinstitution, and has proven the theory of the 'cultural Trojan horse.' It has proven that it can establish Palestinian identity within Israeli institutions. It has proven that it is a Palestinian [movement], which was founded by Jerusalemites and joined by all Palestinians."

 [Official PA TV, Nov. 25, 2011]

 

"The student movement Watan (Homeland) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem is organizing the sixth Palestinian Heritage Day within the walls of the university. It will be held on Wednesday May 21, 2014 in the amphitheater."

[Watan movement's website, watanmov.com accessed June 9, 2014]

 

Official PA TV News reported on a demonstration at the Hebrew University, co-organized by the Watan student movement, against the Prawer Plan:

Moaz Al-Qaimari, the Watan student movement: "We and our people in the Negev [are] one... We need to make our voice heard on all levels, across the world, here at the University, in the Negev and in Nazareth, in the north, everywhere in Palestine, in order to emphasize that we are one arm, and that Palestine is one." 

University Student Yanal Al-Saad: "...In solidarity with our brothers in the Negev, south Palestine, against the racist Zionist Prawer Plan... we attack this new Nakba (i.e., "catastrophe," Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), the new Nakbas of the Zionist entity and the Zionist occupation which we have become used to."

[Official PA TV, Dec. 12, 2011]   


Note: The "Prawer Plan" is a proposal to grant recognition to the vast majority of presently unrecognized Bedouin communities in the Negev, and to compensate and resettle the 35 communities that are to be moved off state-owned land.
 


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