US anti-terror law leaves Palestinian students facing uncertain future

Lebanese students and other guests listen as former US president Jimmy Carter (unseen) speaks at the American University of Beirut on December 12, 2008. Carter was winding down a four-day visit to the country today where he was investigating the possibility of providing observers for next year's parliamentary elections. AFP PHOTO/RAMZI HAIDAR (Photo by RAMZI HAIDAR / AFP)
Palestinian students were called to a meeting with a representative from the US embassy, the vice president of LAU, the director of the US-Middle East Partner Initiative (MEPI) and the rest of the MEPI staff. The students were informed that all American funding for Palestinians coming from the West Bank and Gaza had been cut, including MEPI’s Tomorrow’s Leaders programme, a scholarship serving Palestinian students studying at LAU.
 
With the US Congress’s passing of the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018 (ATCA), on 3 October, the US State Department was set “to cease funding to Palestinian students”. LAU has committed to fully supporting the affected students in spring 2019,” it read.
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