Fadel Najajrah

My studying journey at AlQuds University was golden

I graduated on the 7th of February 2001 from AlQuds University, I work as a lawyer ever since., specialized in commercial, civilian and criminal cases in Palestine. I always wanted to be a specialized lawyer who has his own law firm, but our field here has no place for specialization. I also want to become a billionaire, until I achieve those things I don’t consider myself successful.

My studying journey at AlQuds University was golden, although I hated the educational system that only tells you to memorize without leaving thinking a room. I believe it should change in order to create an intellectual generation that follows scientific research methods. Because to me, education is a form of art, more like telling a story and not everyone can be a good story teller.

Before university, I was a villager who never went to the city, then went there (Law school was in Jerusalem back then) all on a sudden to study. AlQuds University changed me from a person who knew nothing about life to a person who knows now how to properly live. I engaged in law studies along with many friends and we excelled at it. We had this very strong love bond with our university; my correlation with it equals my correlation to my home village- and that’s quite a lot. We went through many unique experiences; we painted the walls of the university in return of financial aid. We learned more about both voluntary and paid work. I pity those who didn’t learn the first or benefit from the second. AlQuds University besides everything taught us something that’s a necessity of life; reading.

Despite this strong love bond we had with the university, a gap formed between us and the educational system; we were taught Syrian and Jordanian curriculums and when we started working found out that they weren’t certified or applied in Palestine.

While studying, my colleagues and I believed in one thing other than liberating our homeland; and that was the unification of our college and the whole university. We called for a 40 days strike until political forces interfered and united AlQuds University. We couldn’t tolerate turning our college into a private property or a sort of business. I was also involved in students’ movements, but back then we were the political motor and without our agreement nobody could do anything. It upsets me that those movements nowadays aim to what shouldn’t be aimed for.  After we graduated, along with my colleagues we formed the law graduates alumni to stay in touch with AlQuds University.

14 years of work didn’t kill the love sparkle I have towards law. Law is a knowledge that deals with intellect, which is variable and uncontainable. Many things interest me in my field; I went deep into studying women rights. I also think a lot about the need for establishing useful programs for prisoners to help correcting their mentalities that led them to criminal acts, that way; they will be able to benefit themselves and the community when they come out.

Law changed from being a tool of deterrence to a tool of rehabilitation, and that irritates me as a lawyer.

AlQuds University formed and shaped what Fadel now is; a reader, a social activist, and a lawyer with honorable life goals.

Fadel Najajrah, Law '1998