A Palestinian mother discusses a graduation project on behalf of her detained son

Palestinian graduate Nidal Izz al-Din Fatash and his proud parents

 By Iqbal Tamimi

Everything in Palestine is
possible. People got adapted to find solutions in emergencies and up normalities created by the
Israeli occupation and its oppressive acts especially against students.               

For the first time ever, a Palestinian
mother discusses her son’s graduation thesis on his behalf following his arrest
by the Israeli occupation authorities, few hours before the  discussion of his graduation
project.

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It was almost two o’clock am,
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012, when Nidal Izz al-Din Fatash was rehearsing
for the last time what he is going to say before a panel of academics, who will
be judging his university graduation project in less than 12 hours, when he
heard strong bangs on the door of his home in the Palestinian city of Nablus.

He opened the door to find an
Israeli military force, who handcuffed and arrested him . Next day, early morning
his family who are living at the Palestinian city of Salfit, in the northern
part of West Bank, received a telephone call informing them that he was arrested.

His mother, a Head Mistress of a
School who enjoys a strong relationship with her son that she followed each and
every step of his graduation project said ‘it has been three weeks since I last
saw Nidal. He was busy and engrossed in his project, which kept him at Alnajah University
in Nablus all the time that I was following his progress and communicating with
him via “Facebook” and by phone.’

Nidal’s mother could not bear the
idea that her son’s hard work will go down the drains, so she made up her mind
and travelled to his university to meet the academics who were supervising his graduation
project, and convinced them to give her permission to discuss her son’s
graduation project on his behalf because he was detained by the Israeli forces.

Nidal’s mother said ‘I just could
not bear the idea that his hard work will end in vein, especially when he arrived
a day earlier and hung his paintings in the discussion room at the university
and everything was ready. “

Nidal’s mother stood before the
examination commission on his behalf. Answering their questions and explaining
in detail his graduation project. In the end the panel of examiners announced their
decision. Nidal passed and graduated. The proud mother said ‘ I only wanted to
say that the occupation will not break our children’s determination and we, the
Palestinian mothers, will support our children’s education to the end’.

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