Saturday, May 31, 2008

U.S. Withdraws Fulbright Grants To Gaza

Sad news from Gaza. Rabbi Melchior describes this as collective punishment. It is certainly disappointing. This in from ATFP. And we had our own troubles bringing our own media award winner, Sami Abdul Shafi, out of Gaza. We failed for the second year running. Very disappointing.

By Ethan BronnerIn The New York Times May 30, 2008
The American State Department has withdrawn all Fulbright grants to Palestinian students in Gaza hoping to pursue advanced degrees at American institutions this fall because Israel has not granted them permission to leave.
Israel has isolated this coastal strip, which is run by the militant group Hamas. Given that policy, the United States Consulate in Jerusalem said the grant money had been “redirected” to students elsewhere out of concern that it would go to waste if the Palestinian students were forced to remain in Gaza.


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