by T. Ben-Gedalyahu and N. Ratzlav-Katz Arutz Sheva November 29, 2006
An Arab student calendar distributed at Haifa University marks the dates of major terrorist attacks, as well as significant dates in the lives of Arab terrorists such as Osama Bin-Laden.
The calendar, sponsored by the Islamic Movement – based in the Israeli city Um El-Fahm – marks the birthday of Al-Qaeda founder Bin-Laden, the date of PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s death, and significant dates in the lives of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and jailed Fatah arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
Also noted in the calendar are the anniversaries of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and of recent kidnappings of IDF soldiers.
Students belonging to the Islamic Movement rejected criticism by many that the material constituted incitement. Mouad Hatib, the university student who was responsible for distribution of the calendars, said, “I don’t understand the big fuss. It’s a calendar for Arab students at the university… We mention Nasrallah and the date of the kidnapping of the two soldiers and the killing of eight others as a brave operation that led to the Lebanon war.”
Regarding the marking of dates in the lives of Nasrallah, Bin-Laden and others, Hatib said, “It’s important that the Arab public remembers its leaders.”
University officials initially did not object to the journals when the written contents were brought before the administration for review. “Once it was brought to the attention of the dean that the calendar contains sympathetic pictures of people such as Nasrallah and of the attack on the Twin Towers, the permission [to distribute the material] was not renewed,” a university administration statement said. “We have learned lessons as a result of this incident, and full attention will be given hereafter also to pictures in material to be distributed at the university.”
A statement released by the Haifa University Student Union said, “We are shocked, and we see as very serious the fact that, on the university campus, calendars were distributed including pictures of terrorists who publicly call for the liquidation of the State of Israel.”