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Student visa brouhaha with US could hurt waiver campaign — report

The US is “sharply protesting” new Defense Ministry rules that will sharply limit the number of student visas for foreigners wishing to study at Palestinian universities, Channel 12 news reports.

According to the channel, which does not cite a source for the information, US officials claim the new rules, set to go into effect in July, will restrict Americans’ freedom of movement and freedom to study at institutions of their choice.

Some US officials have hinted that the dispute could wind up damaging Israel’s bid for visa-free travel to the US, Channel 12 claims.

The US embassy is quoted telling the channel that it is discussing the directive with Israeli officials and encouraging further discussion before it is implemented. It refuses to comment on the reported visa waiver threat.

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