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The PA is targeting Hamas’ student body in the West Bank

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08.04.2019

Over the past few days, there have been several incidents at universities in the West Bank. The first incident is Hamas’ student council list suffered an overwhelming defeat at the University of Hebron. A few days before this, An-Najah University in Nablus banned the Islamic bloc, associated with Hamas, from operating in the university. In addition to this, Al-Quds University administration has been accused of excluding Hamas’ student body from running in the upcoming elections for baseless reasons.

I will discuss the reasons why Hamas is facing problems related to student council elections in West Bank universities and whether the elections are a measure or indicator of public opinion if there are legislative or presidential elections. I will also discuss whether this is related to the PA’s pursuit of Hamas students or the decline of support for the movement, and how Hamas will deal with the pressure on its student body in the West Bank universities.

Palestinians believe the student council elections in their universities are not limited to the union and educational demands within the walls of the universities. They believe they are also an indicator of the strength of Palestinian factions, thus determining their strength on the streets, as the rivalry in elections is heating up between political forces, especially Hamas and Fatah. Recent days have witnessed a series of incidents in West Bank universities linked to the student elections, which confirms the beliefs of the Palestinians.

The Hebron University student council elections held in early April saw the victory of the Fatah list and the decline of its rival, Hamas. Fatah won 30 seats, while Hamas only won 11, causing great disappointment for Hamas.

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The Islamic bloc, Hamas’ student body at the university, announced that it had identified numerous serious violations and serious abuses that flawed the student council elections. This includes the entry of many individuals who are not students of the university and members of the PA security agency to the university courtyards and polling stations.

These elections were accompanied and preceded by campaigns of repression, persecution, intimidation and political detention, as well as threats to a large number of university students and their families. This is a serious indicator of the deterioration of the reality of student freedoms in the West Bank and cast a shadow on the........

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