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November 04, 2007

AP Turns Up Forged Palestinian Student Document

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University officials said Yaser Betar's document was fraudulent

Kudos to the Associated Press for fact-checking documents submitted to the Israeli High Court by the politicized NGO called "Gisha". The AP's check turned up a forgery:

A Palestinian included by a human rights group as one of hundreds of university students trapped in Gaza is apparently not a student and used what appeared to be a forged document to make his case to leave for Texas, The Associated Press learned on Thursday.

"Gisha," a human rights group advocating freedom of movement for Palestinians, is pressing the Israeli Supreme Court to allow university students to leave Gaza to continue their studies abroad. The group included Yaser Betar in its suit, presenting the court with a one-page document from the University of North Texas affirming that he is enrolled in a doctorate program.

But after the AP sent the document to the university, its spokeswoman replied that the document was not authentic, and Betar "is not currently enrolled at the university. He studied Engineering Technology as an undergraduate student from spring 1992 to fall 1998 and did not earn a degree."

University spokeswoman Kelley Reese wrote in an e-mail message, "The document The Associated Press shared with the University of North Texas is not a UNT document. The university repudiates the document."

Needless to say, this report raises damaging questions about the credibility of Gisha. All of their claims must now be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Posted by TS at November 4, 2007 03:39 AM


The president of Gisha was, like Danny Rubinstein of Haaretz, one of the participants in the conference which took place in Brussels at the end of August 2007. Promoting the "inalienable rights of the Palestinian people" by the use of demonising rhetoric agaisnt Israel and endless calls for boycotts, sanctions, etc, this conference was prersented misleadingly as being in favour of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Posted by: Paul at November 5, 2007 06:02 AM

I know this guy. he owns a famous Greek resturant in Denton,Texas..

Posted by: fred mathew at November 9, 2007 03:33 AM

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