Monday, January 08, 2024

  • Monday, January 08, 2024
  • Elder of Ziyon

The Guardian has a story about how Gazans and their relatives abroad are desperate to pay "brokers" to get them on a list to leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing to Egypt:
Palestinians desperate to leave Gaza are paying bribes to brokers of up to $10,000 (£7,850) to help them exit the territory through Egypt, according to a Guardian investigation.

Very few Palestinians have been able to leave Gaza through the Rafah border crossing but those trying to get their names on the list of people permitted to exit daily say they are being asked to pay large “coordination fees” by a network of brokers and couriers with alleged links to the Egyptian intelligence services.

One Palestinian man in the US said he paid $9,000 three weeks ago to get his wife and children on the list. The family have been sheltering in schools since the 7 October attacks. On the day of travel, he was told his children’s names were not listed and he would have to pay an extra $3,000. He said the brokers were “trying to trade in the blood of Gazans”.

“It’s very frustrating and saddening,” he said. “They are trying to exploit people who are suffering, who are trying to get out of the hell in Gaza.” His family have yet to leave.
And where are the so-called humanitarian aid organizations? Nowhere:

One Palestinian living in the UK said: “People are making money off the misery of others. They’re desperate to get out to save their lives and instead of helping they’re trying to make money. If there’s a way to get people out, then why not just help?”

“I’m not sure why no schemes have been introduced, nothing to evacuate people. I don’t even hear humanitarians talk about this any more,” the Palestinian said.
The article parrots Egypt's excuses for not saving lives:
Egypt, a key regional player in negotiations on Gaza, has long resisted opening the Rafah crossing, fearing that millions of people would flee into the neighbouring Sinai peninsula. The influx, Cairo claimed, could pose a security threat. Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, also said a mass influx of refugees from Gaza would set a precedent for displacing Palestinians from the West Bank into Jordan.
But, as with every such article over the past few months, it doesn't mention that Egypt allowed hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Sudan and elsewhere into its borders. Just no Palestinians.

And no reporter has bothered asking why.  No "pro-Palestinian" organization is protesting Egypt's decision. No "human rights organization" is advocating for freedom of movement for Palestinians.

It's almost like they all hate Israel far more than they like Palestinians. 

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