Funding 'Suicide Scholars' with U.S. taxpayer dollars

It sounds like parody, but it’s not: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week announced a four-year program of US scholarships and “opportunity grants” for “disadvantaged young Palestinians” to attend American universities.

         

Hillary kissing Arafats wife after she accused Israel of drinking Palestinian childrens blood
Hillary kissing Arafat's wife after she accused Israel of drinking Palestinian children's blood

What next? Mortgage-refinancing seminars for Somali warlords? Universal health-care for at-risk children of homeless (caveless?) al Qaeda refugees?

 

America may have voted last November for diplomacy over war, but Team Obama’s taking this outreach thing a bit far.

Clinton’s scholarships come on the heels of her promise for a $900 million cash-bath for Gaza, that terrorist haven by the sea ruled by militant Hamas.

 

OK, not all Palestinians are terrorists. But Israel’s demise is a lot higher on many Palestinians’ priority lists than truth-based secular education.

Palestinian flag, a state that never existed
Palestinian flag, a state that never existed before

 

Look at what the “moderate” Fatah does: Its textbooks include maps of Israel as part of “Palestine,” portray Palestinian battles as an Islamic cause, praise those who kill Americans in Iraq and omit the slaughter of Jews in histories of World War II. (Of course, President Mahmoud Abbas’ doctoral disseration referred to “the fantastic lie that 6 million Jews were killed” in the Holocaust.)

Clinton knows this. In a 2007 speech, she boasted of having spoken out “for years” against “the incitement of hate and violence in Palestinian textbooks.” She deplored the fact that “children were encouraged to see martyrdom and armed struggle and the murder of innocent people as ideals to strive for.” She even slammed Abbas’ Palestinian Authority – to which she now promises scholarships – for not repudiating charges that its curriculum amounts to dangerous indoctrination.

Sure, some Palestinians are interested in fact-based academic pursuits. The chemistry labs at the Islamic University of Gaza had long been busy beehives – as bomb-making factories. Israel hit them in airstrikes in December. But might Clinton’s “scholarships” help in similar “educational” endeavors?

Equally worrisome, Clinton says she wants to produce “capable young men and women from places like the West Bank and Gaza” who’d come to America to “further their academic training.” She may hope to export to the Middle East, via the students, American concepts like tolerance, democracy and the rule of law. But another hope is that, via the students, we’re not importing Middle East practices like . . . suicide bombing.

In a Chronicle of Higher Education report, a US aide in Jerusalem notes the security challenges: “It’s difficult” to bring Gazans into such programs, says Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm. “We go through great lengths.”

Last year, Israel denied transit to several Palestinian students with Fulbright scholarships. Then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice protested – but the United States itself later rejected entry visas for at least two of the “scholars.”

One other hope: that radical, leftist US professors won’t enflame moderatePalestinian students. Terrific program, no? If educational grants could pacify Palestinians, they’d be worth every US taxpayer penny that funds them. But don’t hold your breath.

Nor are they likely to improve America’s standing among Arab nations – or even among anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Europeans. Few things, short of a sharp split between Washington and Jerusalem, can do that.

Clinton’s scholarships have another flaw, too: How will the bureaucrats identify which Palestinians are “disadvantaged”? Given the too-common preference for violence over education in those parts, all kids there seem “disadvantaged.”NY POST

Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration marking Israels 60th anniversary, which Palestinians call the nakba, or catastrophe, the word they use to describe Israels establishment (AP PHOTO)
Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration marking Israel's 60th anniversary, which Palestinians call the "nakba," or catastrophe, the word they use to describe Israel's establishment (AP PHOTO)

 

RELATED VIDEOS: Islam and the Jews