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Thursday, February 05, 2009


Israel Radio just reported that Egypt is due to close its border crossings between the Egyptian side of Rafah and the Gaza Strip today. The crossings had been open since Operation Cast Lead ended for the evacuation of the wounded and for the entry of medical and other 'humanitarian' supplies into Gaza.

But Egypt refused to allow the entry of Norwegian and French lawyers whose goal was to document 'war crimes' by IDF soldiers. The Egyptians gave no reason for their refusal to allow the lawyers' entry.



At 5:04 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Interesting that no one wants to investigate Egypt's refusal to admit Palestinian refugees during the war into the Sinai.

Couldn't THAT be considered a "war crime" under international law?

Hmmm, indeed.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egypt did not allow the refugees, to hide the fact that the Palestinians are better off than the Egyptians, even a Palestinian refugees would have more money than an Egyptian.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

S M,

Now that's an interesting theory. I know that Egyptians are dirt poor (I've actually been to Egypt), but it never occurred to me that the Gazans are wealthier than them.

I guess we wouldn't want anyone to change the narrative that the 'most densely populated strip of land on earth' (it's not) is one of the poorest.

But how can you measure how poor Gazans are? If you measure it based on standard measures like their gross domestic product, I suspect that Gaza really is one of the poorest places on earth. But that's because most of them don't do anything productive and live off aid money. I suspect that with the aid money their per capita income is actually not that bad.


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