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Two terrorists that carried out attacks on Israelis granted honorary law degrees by Palestinian Modern University College, PA Min. of Education attends ceremony and praises them as "beacons... that light the path to liberation"

“Modern University College yesterday [Aug. 2, 2016] began the graduation ceremony for the 33rd class of diploma students and the third for bachelor’s degree in law students at the Red Crescent Building in the city of El-Bireh.

As part of the graduation ceremony – which included students in the administrative fields and bachelors of law students – four of [Modern] University College’s Martyrs (Shahids) who died in recent months and who were supposed to graduate in this class, were recognized as graduates. The Martyrs are: Martyr Jaafar Awad, graduate Martyr Mahmoud Alyan, graduate Martyr Ahmad Jahajha, and graduate Martyr Ali Al-Kar.

Present at the ceremony were [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam, a delegation from the ministry, representatives of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district, of the [PA] Security Forces, and of official and private institutions, and also relatives of the graduate students. In his speech, Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam blessed the students and their families on the conclusion of the studies… He turned to the Martyrs’ relatives and emphasized that these families are not alone and will never be alone, as the homeland, the liberation, and the independence require sacrifices and struggle at all levels. He noted that the Martyrs of the Modern University College, like the rest of the homeland’s Martyrs, will continue to be the beacon that guides us and the lights that light the path to liberation for us.

In his speech, Chairman of Modern University College’s Board of Trustees Samer Al-Shuyoukhi said: ‘While it receives the graduates of this class with all honor, Modern University College remembers four of its students who were meant to participate in the joy with us and to be among us. However, the truth is, they are among us – in their memory, in their sacrifice, and in their stances. Therefore we recognize them as graduates, like their colleagues. They are Modern [University College’s] Martyrs, who died in the popular uprising (Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.).’”

Jaafar Awad – 23-year-old Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail who was released due to fatal disease. He died of it on April 9, 2015.

Mahmoud Alyan – 22-year-old Palestinian who was injured during a confrontation with Israeli security forces near Ramallah in November 2015, and died of his injuries a few days later.

Ahmad Jahajha – 21-year-old terrorist who tried to ram his car into Israeli soldiers near Qalandiya, south of Ramallah, on Dec. 16, 2015. Jahajha was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

Ali Al-Kar and Ali Takatka – Palestinian terrorists who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier near Ariel on March 17, 2016. They were shot and killed during the attack by Israeli security forces.

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing Molotov cocktails, and car rammings. It started in September 2015 and as of Aug. 4, 2016, Palestinian terrorists murdered 40 people (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans, and 1 foreign worker from Eritrea) and injured over 500.