An Najah University, in Schechem (Nablus) on the West Bank has always been a militant place, having had no less than 19 ‘martyr’ alumni (although I don’t know if they graduated before exploding). Recently there was some controversy when Manchester University in the UK “twinned” with An Najah.
An Najah was also in the news in 2001, when students created an ‘art’ exhibition which included a bloody replica of the bombed Sbarro pizza restaurant in which 15 people were killed and 130 injured.
The exhibit’s main attraction was a room-sized re-enactment of the bombing at Sbarro. The installation featured broken furniture splattered with fake blood and human body parts as well as an idolized portrait of the suicide bomber holding a Koran and an automatic rifle. Also featured in the exhibition is a room with mannequins dressed as suicide bombers carrying automatic rifles in one hand and the Koran in the other, and aside another mannequin dressed up to resemble an Orthodox Jew with a taped voice quoting from the Muslim Hadith: “O believer, there is a Jewish man behind me. Come and kill him.” — Wikipedia
Yesterday Hamas and Fatah supporters among An Najah students lit into each other, bringing an immediate response from Fatah ‘security’ forces:
Three people were wounded by live fire, including one who was shot in the head and was in critical condition, doctors said. Others suffered beating injuries.
The clash began when Hamas supporters staged a sit-in on campus and raised their movement’s green flags. Fatah activists demanded that the Hamas flags be removed, and a fistfight erupted.
At some point, dozens of Palestinian security officers broke into the university and opened fire, the witnesses said. They were joined by about two dozen gunmen in civilian dress. — Jerusalem Post
The harsh response was undoubtedly intended to send a message to Hamas that agitation leading to a putsch in the West Bank, as happened in Gaza, won’t be tolerated. My feeling is that if there is an attempt to execute a coup, Fatah will need the help of the IDF to put it down.