- Jan 10, 2002
[commentary]Nice of Israel to learn so well from The Nazis and Supremacists... Got to keep those Palestinians DOWN and POOR[/commentary]
Seven Palestinian scholars may lose their prized Fulbright scholarships to attend American universities because Israel won't let them out of the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians are clearly angry at Israel for its refusal to let them leave, but they are also annoyed at the United States for being unable to influence its Mideast ally Israel to crack open its Gaza blockade just enough to let the seven students and their books out of the area.
"I am so disappointed with the U.S.," Abdulrahman Abdullah told ABC News today from the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. "They say they want to help us create a Palestinian state by the end of the year, and they can't get me a visa? I can't believe it."
Israel has sealed the Gaza Strip because it is controlled by the militant group Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist, and because the area is frequently used to launch missile attacks on Israeli border towns.
The border is opened only to allow in essential foods, medicine and oil