University Students Elect Hamas

Ad Feedback - HEBRON - Hamas won a mock student election at the al-Khalil Polytechnic University in Hebron Wednesday.

Arab university students believe the Palestinian people will likewise choose Hamas over Fatah in the next general election.

"The United Islamic Bloc, a union of the academic wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad at the university, won the student elections despite attempts by Fatah [affiliated students] to spoil the victory," read a statement on a Hamas Web site.

"This is clear evidence that Hamas was strong enough and that all attempts to marginalize it in the Palestinian arena, particularly in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], failed miserably," the statement read.

The Hamas credo calls for a continuation of the "armed resistance," a euphemism for terror attacks, against the "occupation," meaning Israel.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the student elections reflected Fatah's failure to win the hearts of the Palestinian people.

"Those people will certainly fail in doing what the Israeli occupation forces failed to do against the movement," he said. "The victory of Hamas in the [university's] election was a big blow to Abbas's futile negotiations with the Israelis," Barhoum said.

In the last Palestinian Authority's legislative election in January 2006, Hamas beat Fatah, winning 74 seats in the PA parliament, compared with Fatah's 45 seats.

Abbas has called for general elections in the near future. He alluded to stepping down from the presidency to devote more time to his family. In the last polls, Abbas's approval rating dropped to 11 percent.

Source: israel national news

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