Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Lot Better than Getting Blown Up

A new message has been delivered to the Arabs of Gaza:-

Gaza Residents Will Gain New Resource for U.S. Programs, Services
Visa, scholarship, other information to be available through interactive website

Washington -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip with Internet access will have a new resource on May 22 to find out how to obtain U.S. visas, participate in online web chats, and receive other information provided by the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.

The new Web site is a "virtual presence post" through which U.S. diplomats can reach out to the Gaza community, which is beyond the physical reach of the mission in Jerusalem.

As part of the consulate's efforts to broaden and deepen its engagement with Palestinian people living in Gaza, the Web site will provide information on how to apply for visas and scholarship and grant opportunities in the United States, will also focus on American activities in Gaza and would serve as a medium for dialogue between the consulate and local Palestinians.

For example, officials will field questions on the site from Palestinians living in Gaza on a broad range of subjects each month, in an effort to encourage a positive and vibrant dialogue and to improve understanding between Palestinians and Americans.

Virtual presence posts originally were used by U.S. diplomats to reach out to remote regions in Russia; the program has since expanded to other areas around the world where the American government has no physical presence.

This is so nice. Really.

I mean the last time American diplomats tried to travel to Gaza, you know what happened.

You don't. Read here then.

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