Journal of hate

Friday, December 01, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Student representatives of an Islamic movement faction at Haifa University distributed a student journal venerating Osama bin Laden, former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Hizballah Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti.

The journal has caused a storm of controversy among students and professors at the university.

One student called the journal "first-rate incitement material." It included memorial dates such as September 11, the date of the kidnapping of Israel Defense Forces soldiers on the northern border, Nasrallah's birthday, and more.

"I don't understand the fuss," said student Mouad Hatib, responsible for distributing the journal. "It's a journal for Arab students at the university. The student body of the Islamic movement stands behind the distribution of these journals."

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the journal was funded by a branch of the Islamic movement located in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm.

"It's important for us to note important dates for the Arab nation,” Hatib said. “It's important for the Arab public to remember its leaders, the people who are paving the way for its independence, so why can't we mention bin Laden or Nasrallah?"

Many angry students appealed to the student union to prevent the distribution of the journals.

“We are shocked and appalled by the fact that journals were distributed on campus with such pictures of terrorists who publicly called for the annihilation of the State of Israel," the student union said.

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