The US has revoked visas for three postgraduate students from Gaza whose cases it championed at the highest levels when Israel barred their exit.
Their prestigious Fulbright awards were first withdrawn, then reinstated, after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice intervened personally with Israel.
US officials now say their visas have been revoked after “new information” was received about the scholars.
A fourth student was also refused entry to the US. No explanations were given.
“There were four Palestinians who were issued visas about whom we then received additional information,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.