A French Delegation Visits the
University and Debates with Students
A delegation from France recently visited An-Najah University
and met with the Coordinator of the Youth Exchange Program, Ala
Yousef. Mr. Yousef briefed them about the Palestinian right to
education and how the Israeli occupation violates this right.
He discussed with the French delegation the daily sufferance of
Palestinian students, specifically the difficulties they face at
the checkpoints. Moreover, he outlined the effects of the
Apartheid Wall on the educational process, as everyday it
becomes more difficult to move from one place to another for
these students. Mr. Yousef also explained that students have
been traveling to different cities in Europe in order to show
and explain the conditions of their lives and provide a
contrasting view to what the Israeli media shows.
Dr. Bilal Shafi`, Head of the French Department at the
University, continued the meeting with the French Delegation.
Dr. Shafi` explained to the delegation the reality of
Palestinian life, specifically how many teachers and students
are living miserable lives as a result of Israeli occupation and
how this is impacting their academic experiences. The
educational process has become extremely more difficult since
the siege six years ago, as Dr. Bilal Shafi` explained.
The delegation members came to Palestine to witness Palestinian
daily life and to observe the effects of Israeli occupation on
different groups of people such as women, children, and elders
including their daily suffering at checkpoints. A debate was
organized between the delegation and the French Departmentís
students on the different issues related to the conflict, in
particular the right to education of the Palestinian people.
International visits to An-Najah provide the university with the
opportunity to show Palestinian life unfettered from reports by
the Israeli media.