|No Green Flags|
|No to Division, covered with factional flags harhar|
Hello. It's that time of year again. Instead of sounding like mechanical robots and not wanting to repeat everything, we direct you to here and here.
Monday we walk in to Birzeit the Circus Fair Campus, where flags filled every square inch on the ground, the sky, the trees, the buildings, etc. The posters this year were absolutely huge, humongous coverings that almost wrapped entire buildings. How many thousands of shekels are spent on one poster? Imagine using that money for more useful means, such as paying the tuitions for those who can't afford it. Or using it to create some academic activity that the nerds will love. Or to blackmail the cafeterias into lowering their food prices. Or to invest in some high tech surveillance system to be put in the deans' offices. But no, these posters are more important. Put them up, next day take them down, store them away, never to be used again. Because the next year, there will be even larger and shinier posters.
meager crowd. How glorious!
|Imagine that on fire. Wowzers.|
This year a campaign to boycott the elections was put to use, since the elections are politicized and the student council does not represent students. God, what is it with Palestinians and representations? PA, Hamas, etc all filter down to even university elections. This delightful little video below expresses the demands and needs of the students themselves, and what they would like to see the student council undertake in representing them. Although that cute little remark at the end "I want to graduate" is out of place. Sorry, we're a bit sour because through sheer nepotism or via middleman there are students who can get away with murder just because someone in the higher position is looking out for them. Failing your class? No worries, your end of the semester average will be an 80.
Red flags= qutb iil-tulabi/PFLP
Green flags= il-kutla il-islamiya/Hamas, who the for the second year running are not involved/welcome in the student body.
This makes elections even more stupid, since the rivalry is always between ash-Shabiba and il-il-kutla il-Islamiyah. Disregard all the other groups who participate, the election is essentially between these two power horses. And since il-kutla il-Islamiyah is out, then obviously it is ash-Shabiba's to win. A one party election, befit of true Arab countries (pre-revolutionary times).
So why all the posturing? Why all the desperate attempts by ash-Shabiba who heckle students into voting? We'll tell you why. You see, students have become disillusioned with the whole concept of "student elections" since it clearly serves the political party's needs and ignores the students'. ash-Shabiba can wallow around in their little building, smoking themselves to an early death, playing cards, skipping classes, exploiting "favoritism", and once in a while get out the expensive loudspeakers to hurl abuse on Hamas or whatever. This time around, with the boycott campaign, they are clinging at straws. Because if less than half of the student population vote, then the student council will be dissolved for the year and instead the deanship of student affairs will take over. The bad side to this is that things will get more bureaucratic.
Results came in Wednesday night, and of course ash-Shabiba came in with the majority vote (1784) which wins in 29 seats. il-Qutb al-tulabi had 652 votes and 10 seats, blah blah blah. But the good news is, only 49 percent of the student population voted, which means that the elections are annulled! So why, in the name of all things good and holy, did the goons of ash-Shabiba take to their cars at night causing a ruckus with their honking and screaming? Perhaps they do not quite get that there is no need for celebration, since their "win" technically does not count. That didn't stop them from going to the Manara square, beat up the poor hunger strikers, and attempt to pull down their tent. WTF? Excess XL? Impenetrable thick skulls? IDF soldiers masquerading as BZU students? (Just kidding about the last one, duh.)