Peaceful Resistance

Peaceful Resistance : Building a Palestinian University Under Occupation

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This book tells the remarkable story of Birzeit University, Palestine's oldest university in the Occupied Territories. Founded against the backdrop of occupation, it is open to all students, irrespective of income. Putting the study of democracy and tolerance at the heart of its curriculum, Birzeit continues to produce idealistic young people who can work to bring about a peaceful future. Gabi Baramki explains how the University has survived against shocking odds, including direct attacks where Israeli soldiers have shot unarmed students. Baramki himself has been dragged from his home at night, beaten and arrested. Yet Birzeit continues to thrive, putting peace at the heart of its teaching, and offering Palestinians the opportunities that only education can more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329322
  • 9780745329321

About Gabi Baramki

Gabi Baramki was a major figure in the Palestinian resistance movement, who devoted his life to education at Birzeit, including 19 years as acting President of the University. He co-founded the PEACE (Palestinian European Academic Cooperation in Education) Programme, and he was awarded the Medal Palme Academique by the French Ministry of Education. He died in August more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 Growing Up in Palestine Chapter 2 Peace and War Chapter 3 Occupation and Education Chapter 4 Targeting Birzeit Chapter 5 Developing Birzeit Chapter 6 "Cells of Illegal Education" Chapter 7 "Shaking Off" and Being Shaken Chapter 8 Not Obeying Orders Chapter 9 Networking Round the World Chapter 10 Harassment and Hair Gel Chapter 11 Preaching to the Choir Appendix i Chronology - Birzeit University Appendix ii Deportation Statement from Hanna Nasir November 74 Appendix iii Israeli lies and half-truths 16 January 1979 Appendix iv Press release from BZU after 1979 closure Appendix v BZU press release after opening in April 1992 Appendix vi Report from 5 Hebrew University professors on order 854 - 1980 Appendix vii-a Example of Required loyalty oath. A Commitment form - 1982-3 Appendix vii-b work permit A with item 18 - 1980 Appendix vii-c work permit B without item 18 - 1980 Appendix viii Letter to Secretary Baker - March 1992 Location of Photograph and Maps Map-Photograph Captionsshow more

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Gabi Baramki's tireless devotion to Birzeit University has allowed the institution to survive and even thrive against incredible odds. -- President Jimmy Carter, from the Foreword Gabi Baramki's narrative is a tribute to the humanity of Palestinians, individually and collectively, who have managed to prevail under the most dehumanizing conditions of the Israeli military occupation. This [book] is an authentic and powerful act of affirmation. -- Dr Hanan Ashrawi Gabi Baramki, Birzeit's President through many traumatic years, firmly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword. Shunning violence, he realized that education was the secret weapon of the Palestinians. Told with humanity, dignity and humour his personal story is a beacon of hope in a troubled world. -- Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE A short, sober and inspiring account. ... [Baramki] shows how it has been possible to build an important academic institution under occupation and how the educational level of Palestinians has been enhanced under extreme duress. -- Paolo Cotta-Ramusino Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairsshow more