Thursday, November 30, 2006
Bin Laden Calendar at the University of Haifa
1. Remembering Milton Friedman:
2. Haifa U. Arab Student Calendar Honors Bin-Laden, Nasrallah
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 / 8 Kislev 5767
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
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
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."