Hamas student election win may be sign of public opinion

Hamas activists won a landslide victory in student elections at the flagship Birzeit University north of Ramallah on Wednesday 18 May, in a possible indicator of how West Bank Palestinian public opinion is shifting, writes Aaron Boxerman for The Times of Israel.

The Hamas-linked Islamic Allegiance Bloc took 28 seats out of 51 on the student council. The Fatah-linked Yasser Arafat Bloc won just 18, reflecting the dwindling popularity of the party which dominates the Palestinian Authority. While the prestigious, elite Birzeit was once a Fatah stronghold, the two rival Palestinian movements have mostly tied in recent years. In the last elections – held in 2019 – both parties garnered 23 seats.

Palestinians have not seen national elections since 2006, when Hamas won a decisive victory over a divided Fatah in a parliamentary vote. University elections provide young Palestinians with a rare opportunity to head to the ballot box; the vote is closely followed by the Palestinian public.
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