NABLUS, WEST BANK
The President of Al-Najah University in Nablus, on the West Bank, Doctor Munzer Salah, was expelled on October 21, because he refused to sign an undertaking condemning the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
NABLUS, WEST BANK
1. GV El-Najah university courtyard in Nablus and sign above university doors in Arabic (2 shots) 0.09
2. SV INTERIOR Newsmen around table headed by Dr. Munzer Salah and Hikmet el Masri, Chairman of Board of Trustees 0.15
3. SCU Dr. Salah speaking (SOT) 1.20
4. CU el Masri speaking (SOT) 1.44
5. SV Blackboard with writing in Arabic and students in background of university reception area 1.47
6. GV EXTERIOR Crowds outside university entrance, farewelling Dr. Salah who shakes hands and drives off (5 shots) 2.35
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE THREE: MUNZER SALAH: "And the ultimate aim is to destroy any infrastructure that the Palestinians can build in their homeland, to prevent any establishment of independent state in future. We refuse to sign that document because it is a political issue and as academics we apart ourselves with rules, the rules for security of the country. This is naturally, everyone can sign when he visits USA or Britain or other country. But to sign an explicit document such as to denounce Libya or to consider it as a terrorist (indistinct) and then Israel is acting in unacceptable by all by colleagues and myself."
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE FOUR: EL MASRI: "The Board of Trustees have decided to keep the presidency for Doctor Salah, although he is leaving the university to Amman, as a sign of protesting against his deportation."
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Background: NABLUS, WEST BANK
The President of Al-Najah University in Nablus, on the West Bank, Doctor Munzer Salah, was expelled on October 21, because he refused to sign an undertaking condemning the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). The administration on the West Bank demanded the signing as a precondition for extending his resident's permit. Chairman of the university's Board of Trustees, Hikmet el Masri had met Israeli officials earlier in the week in an attempt to find a compromise, but was not successful. Doctor Salah, a Jordanian citizen, was the 16th academic the university has lost since the civil administration introduced the signing requirement some two months ago.
Source: ZEEV POSNER