September 27, 2007, - 6:45 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Many readers sent me this story since it went up on Arutz Shevah/Israel National News, Wednesday Morning. It’s generally not my policy to post material from or link to A7/INN because they’ve admittedly plagiarized at least two of my stories (word for word and using exact ellipses from my quotes)–and they’ve plagiarized stories from many others, as well. Besides being wrong, that’s chutzpah because my family held fundraisers for A7/INN over the years and raised them a great deal of money. Each time I catch them and call them on it, the response is an “aw shucks, we made a mistake (by ripping me off word for word without credit?!), not a big deal (for them).” One of the times they finally gave me credit, after no-one read the story anymore. BFD.
Still, this story is important. So, this time, I chose to overlook A7/INN’s ongoing thievery and post it as I prepared items for the site in my absence to observe the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (and hope that A7/INN didn’t steal the story from someone else without credit). The site reports on a State-Department funded University of California business training program for residents of the Middle East, which explicitly specified on the State Dept. website that no Jewish Israelis could apply to the program. Yup, it’s tax-funded, anti-Semitic apartheid committed by State Department Arabists and pan-Islamists who don’t care that they are now coppos in the new Nazism (courtesy of your taxes). More of the story:
U.S. State Department-funded University of California program which provides business training for residents of the Middle East specifically excluded Israeli Jews – until Jewish journalists protested.
The University of California has now altered the program’s eligibility requirement that initially barred Israeli Jews. The turnaround in policy also may have saved the State Department, whose Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) finances the program, from having to provide an embarrassing explanation. MEPI also selects the participants.
Jerusalem-based marketing specialist and businesswoman Miriam Schwab uncovered the bias last week when she checked into applying to the university’s San Diego branch Beyster Institute program for Middle East Entrepreneur Training (MEET). She discovered that the program was open to citizens of “Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel (limited to Israeli Arab citizens), Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen.” [DS: Emphasis added.]
The Beyster Institute, which manages the program, offers three 10-day seminars, each one with 20 eligible participants. The program includes professional coaching and offers opportunities to make new contacts and “to help promising leaders realize their aspirations to build successful [businesses]… The participation of women is highly encouraged.” . . .
In response to an IsraelNationalNews.com question for confirmation of the restriction in Israel, program manager Mona Yousry verified, “It is only for Arab Israelis.” A subsequent question as to why Israeli Jews are not eligible for the program elicited the following reply from the Institute’s Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, Rob Fuller: “I’m sorry for the unfortunate misunderstanding about eligibility for the new MEET program. To be clear, for the programs for which we are now recruiting to be held in 2008, ALL Israeli citizens are eligible to participate. Sorry for any confusion we may have inadvertently caused.”
Israeli Jews originally were excluded despite the program’s stated advantage as “an important cultural exchange.” Fuller did not explain the initial “confusion” in barring Israeli Jews. . . .
The US official who made the online edit, however, reposted the story in “track changes” format so that the document displays in the left margin, at the time of this writing, the words: “Deleted: Limited to Israeli Arab citizens.”
The question I have, aside from the anti-Semitic apartheid is: Why the heck are we funding business studies for citizens of oil-rich Arab Muslim countries? Why can’t they pay for their own? It’s, frankly, ridiculous to do so, when we don’t do the same for our own citizens. And even if we did, we shouldn’t be funding the citizens of countries whose people mostly hate us to learn from our business professionals. We should be funding citizens of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE to study business here?! Why must Americans living in trailer parks subsidize Middle East Entrepreneur Training? It’s absurd.
The MEPI State Department application for MEET is here and here.
You’d think this story would be all over our news–our mainstream media–but you’d be wrong.
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