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West Bank University Shut Down

Israeli military authorities closed the West Bank Arab University of Najah in Nablus yesterday for four months following the confiscation there Sunday night of pro-Palestine Liberation Organization material. The material, which Israeli authorities said included PLO banners, symbols, and instruction books on guerrilla warfare, was displayed in a Palestinian Heritage exhibit mounted by members of a pro-Fatah student group. Fatah is the section of the PLO which has remained loyal to PLO leader Yasir Arafat.

Such exhibits are frequently mounted in Arab universities in the West Bank, but the authorities time and again either prevent them from continuing or dismantle them, arguing that the term “heritage” is only used to cover the real purpose, which is anti-Israel incitement.