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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Av 10, 5769, 7/31/2009

      Define For Me "Palestinian"


      Can I ask you what is your definition of "Palestinian"?

      Is it a geographical residency?

      Or religion?

      Or ethnicity?

      Or race?

      Or national status?

      Or just plain not at all?

      What I mean by "Palestinian" is like in here, the very last line:

          Abraham Lincoln Incentive Grants Program West Bank/Gaza 2009-2010

          Investing in the Future of Young Palestinians

          AMIDEAST is now accepting applications for the Abraham Lincoln Incentive Grants Program, funded by the United States Department of State through the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Consulate General in Jerusalem. The program will provide grants (financial assistance) to promising, academically qualified but economically challenged students who will be in grade eleven in the academic year 2009/2010 from both Gaza and the West Bank to assist them in competing successfully for scholarships to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States. The program will assist the selected students to become competitive applicants for U.S. college and university admissions and scholarships. This program is the first of its kind in terms of providing direct assistance to students who would otherwise not be able to realistically consider the idea of U.S. study because of the expenses required during the preparation process – testing, preparation courses and application fees, visa fees, etc.

          ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

          In order to be considered for the Abraham Lincoln Incentive Grants Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

          * My family is unable to meet the costs of applying to a U.S. college or university
          * Be a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, East Jerusalem or Gaza Strip

      Are there any lawyers out there you can answer my next question:

      can a Jewish resident of one of these areas apply?

      And if not, is that discrimination?

      You know, like in...racism?