NYT: U.S. Withdraws Fulbright Grants to Palestinians in Gaza

The article here.


“But when a query about the canceled Fulbrights was made to the prime minister’s[Ehud Olmert] office on Thursday, senior officials expressed surprise. They said they did, in fact, consider study abroad to be a humanitarian necessity and that when cases were appealed to them, they would facilitate them.”

O’h really! so why there is more than a thousand Palestinian students who could not joint their universities outside the besieged Gaza strip for a little less than a year now!.

“They [“Israeli” officials] suggested that American officials never brought the Fulbright cases to their attention. The State Department and American officials in Israel refused to discuss the matter. But the failure to persuade the Israelis may have stemmed from longstanding tensions between the consulate in Jerusalem, which handles Palestinian affairs, and the embassy in Tel Aviv, which manages relations with the Israeli government.”

If this turns out to be true, it means one thing! that the U.S. Department of State doesn’t give a damn about the Palestinian Fulbright scholars! Although I suspect that since always the U.S. Fulbright committee tried to help the Palestinians out, they usually visit Gaza to interview the students in person despite the unstable and dangerous conditions inside Gaza Strip! So, I hope that the this is an “Israeli” lie and not a policy of the State Department to exclude the Palestinian students from participating in the Fulbright program which I am honored to be associated with.

to the U.S. Department of State: Don’t leave those students behind! You will loose them and if this policy continues, you alienate the remainder of the intellectual and moderate Palestinians who always aspire for better life and peace…