Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University Under Occupation
by Gabi Baramki
foreword by Jimmy Carter
Pluto Press, 2009
Cloth: 978-0-7453-2932-1 | Paper: 978-0-7453-2931-4
Library of Congress Classification LG341.B57B37 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 371.104


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 bring.

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