Bulletin: Birzeit U. Accuses Israel of ‘Horrific Crimes’ in Attack on Hospital in Gaza

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With our commitment to providing high-quality knowledge, we also work in cooperation with partners to provide skills, including critical thinking and confronting media misinformation.

For this purpose, Al-Fanar Media is launching a media literacy training programme for Arab university students, in cooperation with the Ford Foundation. The first stage of the training will begin in Egypt. Explore more in this bulletin. 

Mohammad El-Hawary

Al-Fanar Media Editor-in-chief 

From the Region

Birzeit U. Accuses Israel of ‘Horrific Crimes’ in Attack on Kamal Adwan Hospital

Palestine’s Birzeit University on Saturday publicized accounts accusing the Israeli army of committing “horrific crimes” in an attack on Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip this month. In a statement, the university said that Israeli military bulldozers had flattened tents on the hospital’s perimeter where displaced Palestinians were sheltering, crushing an unknown number of people to death and burying some of the victims alive.

Israel has said the hospital was being used by Hamas terrorists. It said its soldiers had detained around 80 militant fighters at the hospital and had found weapons hidden inside medical equipment, Reuters reported. The news agency added that it could not independently confirm the reports of either the Israeli military or the Hamas-controlled government in Gaza.

Agence France-Presse reported that the hospital was in rubble after the Israeli forces withdrew. The hospital, in the town of Beit Lahia, was one of the few in Gaza that was still at least partially operating.

Birzeit University’s statement said Israeli soldiers had taken wounded people out of the hospital into the open air in extremely cold weather, and had attacked medical personnel and arrested several of them. It also stated that 12 infants are still in the hospital’s incubators without water or food, after the occupation prevented their evacuation and its vehicles destroyed large parts of the hospital.

British U. in Egypt and U. of Sharjah Discusses Cooperation 

Mohamed Loutfi, president of the British University in Egypt, recently visited Hamid Majoul Al Nuaimi, chancellor of the University of Sharjah, to discuss ways their institutions could cooperate in the areas including student exchange and research activities in new fields and technologies. The leaders also discussed cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals, community and environmental service activities, and supporting the outcomes of COP28, the United Nations’ climate-change summit that concluded this month in Dubai.

Bulletin: Birzeit U. Accuses Israel of ‘Horrific Crimes’ in Attack on Hospital in Gaza
Officials of the British University in Egypt with officials of the University of Sharjah in the Emirates (source).

Jordan Opens Applications for Scholarships and Grants

The Directorate of Scholarships at Jordan’s Ministry of Higher Education announced opening applications to benefit from scholarships, grants and internal loans for the academic year 2023/2024. According to a ministerial statement on Sunday, students at public Jordanian universities have until December 27 to apply. Those who wish to apply may register here and submit an online application. Guidelines for applying are available  here.

‘Art: Abstraction and Renewal’ Exhibition at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal U.

The College of Architecture and Planning at Saudi Arabia’s Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University held a four-day exhibition titled “Art: Abstraction and Renewal” in commemoration of World Arabic Language Day, on December 18.

Hani Al-Qahtani, professor of architecture and art at the university, said the exhibition simulated abstraction and expression in arts across cultures by using different dimensions and tools, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Al-Qahtani said the exhibition showed how art and architecture were linked with philosophical depth and vocabulary through the use of the same expressive tools, such as line, color, space, mass, harmony, and contrast, to create unique works of art in a modern style.

Damascus U. and Russian Transport Institution Sign Cooperation Agreement

Damascus University and Russia’s Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State University of Transport (PGUPS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to foster academic cooperation and faculty and student exchanges between the two universities.

In a statement, Damascus University said that areas of cooperation include developing and implementing joint educational and research programmes, publishing the results of joint research, and exchanging faculty members, researchers, experts and students, in addition to sharing information regarding scientific achievements, conferences, and related seminars of common interest.

From Al-Fanar Media

Celebrating the Arabic Language, as Artificial Intelligence Helps It Expand

World Arabic Language Day is celebrated on December 18 each year. This year’s observance comes at a time when advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping to expand and support the language’s presence online. Al-Fanar Media talked with Ahmed Ali, principal engineer in the Arabic Language Technologies Group at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), about how his group is involved in those efforts. Learn more about the institute’s projects in this article

Al-Fanar Media Activities: 

AFM Media Literacy Course for University Students to Start in Egypt

Al-Fanar Media (AFM) invites Egyptian university students to apply for a training course titled “Media Literacy for University Students,” which will be held at Misr International University from January 21 to 24, 2024. The workshop is being held within the framework of a project sponsored by the Ford Foundation and implemented by Al-Fanar Media experts. The project aims to eradicate “media illiteracy” among university students in the Arab world. Read more in this article

In Conflict: 

As Arab Investigative Journalists Meet, Gaza War Dominates Discussions

The 16th Annual Forum of ARIJ—Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism was set to discuss several topics, but it was the Israeli aggression in Gaza that attracted participants’ attention more than any other issue. Over three days, December 1 to 3, the forum addressed the challenges facing journalists while covering wars and conflicts, in addition to sessions on investigative reporting, its relationship with artificial intelligence, monitoring gender in the media, and other issues. Read more in this article

Tips and Resources: 

Managing Your Energy Is Key to Performing Well in Work or School

Amid striving for academic achievement at university and preparing to enter the labour-market, Arab students need to simultaneously perform various tasks. This is especially true if we add to study and skills learning the need to engage in recreational and social activities. But multi-tasking may not be the best solution. Research published in the journal “PLOS One” explores the reasons why some people like to multi-task, even though their overall productivity is likely to suffer as a result. In this article, Al-Fanar Media presents some of the recommendations from these and other experts.


Discussing Palestine with Youth

As university professors, parents and public scholars, what small actions can we take to support Palestine at a time when most of us feel paralyzed? A few years ago, I wrote about “Explaining Palestine to a 9-Year Old”. It was a post about how I talked about Palestine with my own 9-year-old child, but also a post I could then use to subtly spread awareness about Palestine to many of my Western social media followers and friends. This time around, the situation in Palestine is so much worse and it has been heartbreaking. I’ve been resharing the work of others more knowledgeable than me, closer to the ground, and more eloquent than myself, and speaking my own words much less. But I’m writing this post because I know many of us outside Palestine are feeling angry and helpless and wondering what we can do. Read more in this article.  


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