Students at settler university are not invited to Obama’s inspirational address

Israel/Palestine
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Big news in Ynet: The US gov’t is taking a “unilateral stance,” in not inviting students from a settler university to Obama’s speech next week. Important signal, thanks to Max Blumenthal:

The American Embassy invited student representatives from all universities to the president’s speech at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center, save those from the Ariel University.

Habayit Hayehudi already responded on Tuesday night, calling it discrimination and demanding clarifications from the embassy regarding the exclusion of students from this institution, which received official recognition as a university just two months ago

Oh the crust of these folks.

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  1. pabelmont
    March 13, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Oh, how indirect the Obamas can be. Oh, this is not BDS, oh no!, merely a non-invitation. cannot have everybody, can we.

    However: Did he invite students from Palestinian universities?

    • W.Jones
      March 13, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Excellent point. He can just say he only invited students from universities in Israel. Settlements are outside the territory of Israel.

    • Accentitude
      March 14, 2013, 7:05 am

      Judging by what the Birzeit students recently did to a UK diplomat, I’m not sure that they would be invited to his address. Regardless, they’d need tasreeh (visas) from the Israeli government to enter Jerusalem to attend the address and there is no way in hell the Israelis would let that happen. Besides, the youth in Palestine recently issued a call for protests against Obama when he visits Bethlehem and/or Ramallah, so I wouldn’t expect a warm welcome from the Palestinians…and rightfully so, I think.

  2. Scott
    March 13, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Yes, I like this, as apparently does Max. Obamaesque subtle coldness. But if one is committed to looking past the apparently delusional 2ss, should one care?

  3. David Doppler
    March 13, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Yes, how does Obama articulate the who’s in who’s out. I expect he’ll cave and invite them.

  4. Citizen
    March 13, 2013, 6:42 pm

    ” Did he invite students from Palestinian universities?”

    Did he? Anybody know?

    I doubt it, but….

  5. Pamela Olson
    March 13, 2013, 9:51 pm

    A whispered protest if I ever heard one (the quiet non-invitation). And those Ariel folks would be very wise to STFU, because they are still effectively getting more support than they could reasonably hope for given, well, reality, and this tiny snub pretty much means nothing. And yet there they are, b**ching and demanding satisfaction. I’ve never seen the like.

  6. Ellen
    March 14, 2013, 4:10 am

    Inviting students of an institution representing an occupied region would amount to blatant recognition of the settlement enterprise. While the US indirectly continues to support the settlement enterprise, maybe such an invitation is simply not possible under official policy. Claims of discrimination are absurd.

    Don’t think there is too much significance either way.

  7. Ecru
    March 14, 2013, 7:33 am

    So Obama doesn’t invite settler students. BIG DEAL! He still won’t do anything to actually stop Israeli aggression, murder, ethnic cleansing and land theft. Words are all Obama has (and those are weasel words), when it comes to action he can’t find a door fast enough. Coward.

    As for YNet I honestly try and avoid it. The comments alone could turn the most liberal campaigner for human rights and equality into a rabid antisemite.

  8. amigo
    March 14, 2013, 7:37 am

    Pamela, let,s hope they are true to form and keep up their mindless protestations.

    It will only serve to show them for what they are.

    Thieves and criminals.

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