Palestinian student elections “mimicking ISIS”, says Israeli government Spokesperson

Published April 28th, 2016 - 10:54 GMT
A Hamas rally in Al Quds University (Facebook)
A Hamas rally in Al Quds University (Facebook)

Israel’s Arabic-language government Spokesperson is not renowned for the subtlety of his messaging.

He raised eyebrows this week by comparing student election activities at Birzeit University, near Ramallah, to an ISIS parade.

Tweeting in both Arabic and English, Ofir Gendelman posted a video of a student march in which Hamas flags were flown next to replica rocket launchers and fighter planes. The marchers included a small child holding a cardboard gun.

The march was part of student elections at Birzeit university – the West Bank’s most prestigious – which were held this week. The elections are regarded as a crucial indicator of the political mood in the West Bank, and this year Hamas scored a clear victory.

Responses derided Gendelman’s view of the parade, with some pointing out that it’s not only Palestinian children who have been pictured with toy guns.

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