Nablus- The results of the Student Union Council elections at An-Najah National University in Nablus, in the northern West Bank, showed that the “Muslim Palestine Bloc,” the student arm of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), won the elections held today, Tuesday, ahead of 3 student blocs, most notably the “Martyrs Bloc,” the student arm. of the National Liberation Movement (Fatah).
The 4 student blocs were “Muslim Palestine”, “The Martyrs’ Bloc”, the “Student Action Front” bloc, the student arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the “Democratic Pole Alliance” bloc – which includes an alliance between the “Progressive Students Union Bloc, the Democratic Pole Bloc, and the Students’ Struggle Bloc.” All left-wing parties competed for 81 seats that make up the General Conference of the Student Union Council.
The students went at half past eight this morning to cast their votes in 68 ballot boxes placed in the university faculties, and the voting process ended at half past three local time, after which the sorting process began.
The victory of the Islamic bloc (Hamas) in the elections #University _ of _ success in Nablus in the West Bank
The interest in this election is caused by it being indicative
On the popular position between the option of armed resistance
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– Reda Yasen (@ RedaYasen2021) May 16, 2023
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And the Dean of Student Affairs, Muhammad Daqa, announced in a press conference held in the old university building after the completion of the sorting process that the Muslim Palestine bloc won 40 seats, the Martyrs’ bloc with 38 seats, and the Student Action Front bloc with 3 seats. scheduled to settle any seat.
Daqqa said that the four student blocs competed for 81 seats in the Student Council, and that the number of those entitled to vote was 22,169 male and female students, while the number of valid votes reached 14,945 votes out of 15,480 voters, with a voter turnout rate of 69.8%.
The four competing student blocs presented their electoral programs in a speech festival organized by the university on Monday.
These elections come 6 years after the absence of elections in the university, in which the last elections were held in 2017, in which the Martyrs’ Bloc won with 41 seats, while the Muslim Palestine Bloc won 34 seats, and the Student Left Bloc won 6 seats, with a vote rate of at that time. 58.9%.
Students of the Islamic Bloc perform the prostration of gratitude at An-Najah University#Nablus #Palestine pic.twitter.com/9JWLbVDzsh
– Palestine__59__𓂆 (@59_palestine) May 16, 2023
These elections and at this time reflect an important indication of the orientation of the Palestinian public opinion in the West Bank, which is living in a continuous state of resistance in all its forms, especially the armed groups represented by the armed groups that emerged in Nablus, such as the “Black’s Den” and the “Jenin Battalion” in the Jenin camp, and others. One of the resistance groups, which confronted the settlement and occupation project.
These elections also come after 6 years of interruption, which means the absence of an entire generation of students from exercising their democratic union right, which is inseparable from the political reality experienced by the entire Palestinian situation.