Friday, May 30, 2008

Fulbrights revoked for Gaza

Ethan Bronner in the New York Times:
The American State Department has withdrawn all Fulbright grants to Palestinian students in Gaza hoping to pursue advanced degrees at American institutions this fall because Israel has not granted them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.
Of course, even in an article highlighting the absurd inhumanity of occupation, the NYT can't be honest about events in Palestine:
Since Hamas, a radical Islamist group that opposes Israel’s existence, carried out what amounted to a coup d’├ętat in Gaza against the more secular Fatah party a year ago, hundreds of rockets and mortar shells have been launched from here at Israeli civilians, truck and car bombs have gone off and numerous attempts to kidnap Israeli soldiers have taken place.

While Hamas says the attacks are in response to Israeli military incursions into Gaza, it also says it will never recognize Israel.

No mention of the fact that Hamas was the elected governing party in the Palestinian parliament. No mention of Vanity Fair's confirmation via leaked documents that the US "backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off [the] bloody civil war in Gaza" which the NYT prefers to describe as a Hamas "coup". Discussion of the bloody Israeli military incursions is limited to the passing reference quoted. Mention of the 40:1 ratio of Palestinian to Israeli deaths in the last year of the struggle? Fat chance.

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