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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Who is besieging Gaza again?

The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt remains closed today, ostensibly because of the 'Eid al-Fitr holiday.

But Palestine Today reports that the Taba crossing between Egypt and Israel is open, and some 6087 tourists have poured into the Sinai from Israel in recent days.

According to the article, the larger Egyptian army presence in the Sinai has prompted Israelis (including many Israeli Arabs celebrating 'Eid) to decide to vacation in Egypt, and the Egyptian border is being staffed adequately for that purpose.

Not so the Gaza border.

So who's besieging Gaza again?

There is one other fact that is worth mentioning: Israel has not sent any goods into Gaza since the holiday started.

Is it because Jews started celebrating 'Eid?

No, not quite.

The COGAT webpage says "At the request of the Palestinians, the Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations (19 to 21.8)."

Isn't it interesting that the Gazans, who we are constantly told are so desperate for goods and fuel, can afford to cut themselves off from all aid for three entire days?