Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has gleefully announced a million dollar scholarship program to help Palestinian students attend Palestinian and American Universities. Read more, photos and video below.
While visiting the West Bank, Mrs. Clinton announced the Middle East Partnership Initiative. The four year program will support about 10 underprivileged students from Palestine each year; and will help them to attend Palestinian Universities. The program will also offer 25 â€śopportunity grantsâ€? to disadvantaged students to apply to American accredited schools in the United States.
Mrs. Clinton hopes to begin the program in the 2010-2011 school year; once funds have been approved by congress. I donâ€™t think sheâ€™ll have a problem getting that done, do you? Mrs. Clinton just announced $900 million in aid to the Palestinian authority last week. Seems like all of those speeches about being strong allies with Israel were just that, speeches. From the Chronicle:
During her visit to an American-sponsored English-language teaching program in Ramallah, Mrs. Clinton said the opportunity grants would create â€śa larger pool of capable young men and women from places like the West Bank and Gazaâ€? who can â€ścompete along with students in other countries for the opportunity to further their academic training in America.â€? The secretary spoke on a youth program aired by Palestinian Authority TV.
There have already been problems in the past with students from Gaza trying to enter Israel to finish an application process having won the Fulbright scholarship. They were then denied entry status into the United States due to security constraints.
Michaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, who is a spokeswoman for the United States consulate in Jerusalem, said that every effort was being made to allow Gazans to participate in programs sponsored by the United States despite security challenges. Why not give the money to American students to study in American Universities, who pose no security â€śchallengesâ€?; I guess that would be politically incorrect.
Mrs. Clinton had been urged by Arab groups to help students in Palestine receive their education in the United States in recent weeks. That, I’m sure, is just a coincidence.
More photos and a video of Clinton Palestinians are below.
Clinton Mid-East Video