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Abbas Asks President Of University In Nablus With Suicide Bombing Glorification Exhibit And Jihad Recruitment To Become New PA Prime Minister

June 2, 2013

MIM: An Najah National University in Nablus is notorious for it's 'Sbarro Cafe Exhibition' which glorifies the suicide bombing attack on the restaurant which killed 15 people 7 of them children. (see below). The vile exhibition exemplifies Palestian savagery and could not have been put there without the consent and blessing of the university president Rami Hamdallah.


Abbas Asks Nablus Professor to Become Palestinian Prime Minister

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today named Rami Hamdallah, president of an-Najah National University in the West Bank city of Nablus, to form a new government and replace Salam Fayyad as prime minister.

The appointment, first announced by the official Palestinian government Wafa news agency, was confirmed by Ahmed Assaf, a spokesman for Abbas's Fatah party. Hamdallah has three weeks to form a government, Assaf said by phone. ..


Palestinian Students Glorify Terrorism with Exhibit in Nablus

Palestinian students at al-Najah University in the city of Nablus marked the anniversary of the outbreak of Palestinian violence with an exhibition entitled "The Sbarro Cafe Exhibition," celebrating the August 9, 2001 suicide bombing of the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, which killed 15 people and wounded dozens more.

Palestinian students at Al Najah University walk under a replica of a Sbarro pizza restaurant sign, which reads "Kosher" in Hebrew
According to reports in the Israeli media and The Associated Press, the exhibition was comprised of a series of rooms. The Sbarro section of the exhibit was replete with body parts and pizza slices strewn across the room. The walls were painted red to represent spattered blood.

Another part of the exhibit glorified the "martyrs" who carry out suicide operations shown with a Koran and Kalishnikov in hand. A third section depicted a Palestinian behind a rock placed in front of a mannequin of an ultra-Orthodox Jew, with a taped recording broadcast on the loudspeakers saying "O believer, there is a Jewish man behind me. Come and kill him."

Prof. Rami Hamdallah

Prof. Rami Hamdallah



  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Lancaster, UK (1988)
  • Master of Arts, Linguistics, University of Manchester, UK (1982)
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language, University of Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (1980)

Work Experience:

  • President, An-Najah National University (August 1998 Present)
  • Member of Board, Association of Arab and European Universities (AEUA) (February 2012 Present)
  • Member of Board, Arab Council for Training Students of Arab Universities' (ACTSAU), Association of Arab Universities (April 2012 Present)
  • Member of Advisory Board, Journal of the Association of Arab Universities (April 2012 Present)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Colleges of Humanities, An-Najah National University (1995 1998)
  • Dean, the Faculty of Arts, An-Najah National University (1992 1995)
  • Chair, English Department, An-Najah National University (1988 1992)
  • Instructor, English Department, An-Najah National University (1982 1985)
  • Member of the Executive Council, the Association of Arab Universities (2008 2010)
  • Trustee, International Academic Council (2008 Present)
  • Trustee, Yasser Arafat Foundation (2008 Present)
  • Member of Board, Yasser Arafat Foundation (February 2011 Present)
  • Trustee, Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity (2008 Present)
  • Trustee, Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute MAS (2008 February 2012)
  • Member of Board, Palestinian European Academic Cooperation in Education PEACE (2000 2005)
  • President, Palestinian-European-American Universities Program of Academic Cooperation (2005 2007)
  • Member of Steering Committee, Council of Arab Universities for Scientific Research
  • Vice President, Palestinian Scientific Academy
  • Chairman of the Board, Palestine Exchange PEX (October 2008 Present). He had held the same position from 2003 2006
  • Secretary General, The Central Elections Commission in Palestine (2002 Present)
  • Member of Board, Council for the Presidents' of Palestinian Universities
  • Member, Palestinian Constitution Committee
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Union of Islamic Universities (1998 2007)
  • Member of Board, the Commission for Universities and Communities in the EuroMed Region (University EMUNI) (2009 Present)
  • Trustee, Al-Istiqlal University (Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences in Jericho) (2009 Present)
  • Vice President, Mediterranean Universities Group in Spain

Selected Publications:


  • "English Word Formation and its Pedagogical Implications for EFL", An-Najah Journal for Research, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1992, pp. 57-64.
  • "Palestinian Surnames Derived from Nicknames", Names, Vol. 40, No. 4, Dec 1992, pp. 237-252.
  • "Problems and Approaches to Translation with Special Reference to Arabic", Journal of King Saud University, Languages & Translation, Vol. 10, 1998, pp. 23-38
  • "A contrastive analysis of selected English and Arabic prepositions with pedagogical implications", Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Vol. 28, 1993, pp. 181-190.
  • "The Need for a Multi-Factor Approach in Explaining Learners Errors", IATEFL Joint Sig Symposium, Vienna, 1993.
  • "To Use or Not To Use Arabic in English Language Teaching", An-Najah Journal for Research, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1999, pp. 285-296.
  • "Contrastive Analysis of English and Arabic Relativization," Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Vol. 34, 1998, pp. 141-152.
  • ELT Situation at the University Level in the West Bank.
  • Cross-Cultural Pragmatic Failure


  • Proceedings of the International Conference on "The Role of Higher Education in the Context of An-Independent Palestinian State", An-Najah National University, 1997.
  • "University English II", Experimental Edition, An-Najah National University, 1992.


Islamic Palestine Block, An-Najah Students Cell

Description: A green map of Israel and the territories is partly obscured in the background. A black M-16 rifle is superimposed over the upper section of the map with a black flag, attached to the rifle, to the left. To the right, black lettering translates as "Muslim Palestine Block." The gun rests on a globe, which in turn rests on the Koran. Encircling the globe and Koran is a red crescent with the inscription: "An-Najah National University."

Explanation: Green is the color of Islam: the fact that both Israel (and the territories) and the globe are in green signifies the group's desire to Islamize them. The rifle and the flag are symbols of militancy. The Koran, upon which the globe rests, is considered the foundation of the movement. The red crescent symbolizes Islam.

Name Variations
Islamic Palestine Block, An-Najah Students Cell

An-Najah University, in the West Bank city of Nablus, has been a flashpoint in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians since at least 1980, when violent anti-Israel protests led the Israeli military to close the school intermittently. Today the student council of An-Najah is known for its advocacy of anti-Israel violence and its recruitment of Palestinian college students into terrorist groups. The council, almost completely controlled by factions loyal to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah, glorifies suicide bombings and propagandizes for jihad against Israel. Hamas has described An-Najah as a "greenhouse for martyrs."

Focus of Operations
An-Najah University, Nablus (West Bank)

Major Attacks
None known. The group is a recruiter and feeder for Hamas and many of its members have conducted suicide bombings, but it does not stage attacks independently.

The student council is comprised of student groups known to be affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Militant Islamic fundamentalism

Indoctrinating students with anti-Israel propaganda and recruit them for terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.


  • Disseminates propaganda to students that glorifies suicide bombings and other terrorist activities.
  • Hosts dramatic, celebratory reenactments and exhibits of terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.

Al Ihsan, a charitable society in the West Bank and Gaza connected both to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

U.S.-Related Activities
None known


MIM: The first on the list of the 'Our Values' page of An- Najah University is "Reinforcement of national and religious values"

Welcome to An-Najah National University's website

An-Najah National University appreciates your interest in our students and our university community. This page provides more information about An-Najah's academic disciplines, scientific research, student curricular and extracurricular activities, and university cultural aims.

As Palestine's largest university, An-Najah currently educates close to 20,000 students on four campuses. An-Najah's highly qualified academic and administrative staff ensures the continued advancement of the university.

The University recently received several significant recognitions and rankings. It ranked first among Palestinian universities, sixth among Arab universities, and in the top 4% of universities evaluated worldwide, according to webometrics measures and international classifications of the Webometrics website. Additionally, An-Najah was awarded the "Committed to Excellence C2E" Certificate from the European Foundation for Quality Management, making it the first Palestinian university to successfully implement the EFQM's Excellence Model.

An-Najah was also the first Palestinian University to participate in the European University Association's (EUA) "Institutional Evaluation Program" (IEP), a program which provides universities with an official academic evaluation. An-Najah received special recognition in the EUA's final evaluation for its unique role in community service, community cohesion, and strategic planning. On the national level, An-Najah was also recognized for its contribution to community service, receiving the Yasser Arafat Foundation's 2013 "Award for Achievement" and the "Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity 2013"

With a large student body, drawn from across Palestine, An-Najah provides a vibrant learning atmosphere for this generation of Palestine's students. Students study at one of the University's four campuses: the Old Campus, the New Campus, the Hisham Hijjawi College of Technology, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Tulkarem. Currently, the University hosts sixteen academic faculties, with seventy-four bachelor programs and forty-five post-graduate programs. There are also two courses of doctoral study available, a Phd in Physics and a Phd in Chemistry. An-Najah is also home to six specialized scientific centers.

An-Najah constantly strives to better its academic offerings and to improve its students' educational experience. The University recently conducted a study of local and regional market needs and educational inputs and outputs. Based on the study results, during the last several months, An-Najah restructured several of its faculties in order to increase productivity and effectiveness and to allow for beneficial exchange across departments and majors. Similarly, An-Najah's scientific centers have been grouped to ensure that each center can draw from beneficial knowledge and expertise in related fields. An-Najah is also currently working on enhancing e-learning opportunities as part of its efforts in continued academic program development.

An-Najah has a strong commitment to scientific research and publication. The University aims to encourage the dissemination of knowledge as well as faculty and student participation in research through several initiatives. The Deanship of Scientific Research publishes three journals: the An-Najah University Journal for Research, a journal in humanities and applied sciences, and a journal for medicine and health sciences. An-Najah also offers two annual research awards: an award for Palestinian and Arab researchers for the best research in humanities and natural sciences and the An-Najah Award for research.

Beyond its focus on educational and academic excellence, An-Najah seeks to serve the local community through a number of channels. The University conducts studies, holds conferences and seminars, and cooperates with Palestinian National Authority institutions as well as non-governmental institutions focused on social and economic issues.

The University has a distinguished network of relationships with other universities and academic institutions -- locally, regionally, and internationally. An-Najah awards a number of scholarships annually in an effort to promote advanced scientific qualifications in certain specializations which benefit both Palestinian society and the University community.

We encourage visitors to browse further for the University's most recent news and accomplishments. We welcome your interest and your comments as a contribution to An-Najah's continued development and improvement.


MIM: An NYTimes puff piece about terrorist enabler and supporter Hamdallah ends with these heartwarming words.

"He is full of humanity," Mr. Awadallah said. "He makes us feel we are one family."


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