Israel allows Gaza athletes to cross into West Bank, but bars outstanding academics

26.12.2011                      30.Kislev. 5772                       Channuka 6                      Rosch Chodesch 1

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Israel allows Gaza athletes to cross into West Bank, but bars outstanding academics

Loujain, Mohammed and Said are not soccer players in whom FIFA, the international soccer federation, takes any interest. No international academic association has stood up for their basic right to choose where they will study.

Ihab (the subject of last week's column ) was allowed by Israel to enter the West Bank for a specified period of time in order to get engaged. Students from Gaza are not allowed to study in the West Bank. The universities there are, after all, a hotbed for love affairs, raising the fear that young people will move to Judea and Samaria to settle.
The one thing that Loujain A-Zaim, a law student, Mohammed, a student of engineering, and Sa'id Qadih, a poet, have in common is that they are not players on the Palestinian national soccer team. If they were, these three young and talented Palestinians, residents of Gaza, would have received from Israeli authorities permits to leave Gaza via the Erez checkpoint, travel through Israel and then stay in the West Bank….