Planner of murder of 5 teaches MA program to imprisoned terrorists for Al-Quds Open University, PA pays
Al-Quds Open University President’s Aide for Student Affairs Muhammad Shahin: "We send all the blessings to our prisoners, who are truly a crown of honor on our heads… This program [of studies] is defiance within the Israeli prisons... At Al-Quds Open [University] we have begun the practical and fixed program in 5 prisons: Rimon, Ketziot, Gilboa, Nafha, and Shikma – as part of an agreement signed between Al-Quds Open University, the [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in 2014 now the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education…"
Muhammad Shahin: "The most important criteria is the presence of a committee of academics in each of these prisons, from among [the prisoners] with an MA or PhD… The committee supervises the exams, the grades, the submission of the grades, all the procedures, and especially the academic ones so that they follow the rules and criteria found within the university… The lawyer of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs brings the exams [out of the prisons]. He submits them to the acceptance and registration deanship at the university… The goal is to serve the prisoners as part of the university’s social responsibility. From 2000 and until 2014, the program was completely for free… The Al-Quds Open University, would be the body that would oversee studies for prisoners. That was the agreement. When the implementation began, the [Israeli] prison management forced the Hebrew Open University [on the prisoners], which provides programs that have no connection to our heritage, history, and possibilities… But since 2014… 30% of the costs [are being paid] by the university as a scholarship for all the prisoners, and the rest is paid by the Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs without collecting [money] from the prisoner…"
Host: "[The program is] not just BA degrees. The prisoners are also obtaining MA degrees"
Al-Quds Open University Political Science Department Head Ziyad Ayyad: "Correct… It began in 2012, when we began with MA [studies] through brother Dr. Marwan Barghouti, who initiated the MA [program] of Israeli Studies in the prisons. This program has been a great success. We have produced many students with MA diplomas."
Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.
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