The “sad” story of three HAMAS affiliated “scholars” finally came to an end last week, in case you missed it writes a blogger in Ohio http://ohioagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/08/so-close-yet-so-far.html
After all the razamataz, three Fulbright Scholars from a university in Gaza were denied entry visas into the US after originally receiving them. There are many unfortunate wrinkles in this story, from the US pandering to these supposedly ‘victimized’ residents of Gaza by carrying high-tech fingerprinting equipment to an Israeli checkpoint just to facilitate visa interviews (after Israel had issued warnings against these students leaving Gaza). Secretary of State Rice made an absolute fool out of herself by “personally taking up the case” and publicly basically told Israel that we don't know what we are talking about.
However, the fact is that even after the Shin Bet warned of these “scholars” and their “potential” baggage (i.e. links to HAMAS), Rice pushed forward only to eventually make the US once again eat humble pie on the international scene!
A State Department spokesman said.“We decided that we needed to take a closer and harder look at them in light of the additional information we received” . He also said the visas were canceled under a prudential revocation clause in immigration rules that allows them to be rescinded based on information gleaned about the holders after the visas had been issued.(really? AFTER? What about the information from the ShinBet in Israel?
In the aftermath of this debacle, Sec. Rice has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the entire Fulbright Scholarship Program.Maybe when the State Department dives into those files they will find more people that have come to the United States under the guise of “furthering their education” that are actually there to subvert the country and way of life (possibly via some sort of, umm, ahh . . . Grand Jihad?). Maybe when they appoint some investigators, they will see that the Gaza University that these folks came from was the Islamic University of Gaza is a bastion of HAMAS activity.