Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hamas after one year in power

It's a mixed bag: The downside: Hamas kneecaps opponents. The upside: The hospitals are cleaner.

"Israel and the West imposed a blockade" which "greatly reduc(es) the supply of fuel, spare parts and other vital goods, (so) less sewage is treated and more fish are contaminated. Gazans feel trapped and helpless."

However "Many of the goods in Gaza now come through smuggler tunnels from the Egyptian Sinai. There are scores of such tunnels and while the Israeli and American authorities have complained that the tunnels provide a pathway for arms, their more central role is for computers, cigarettes, gasoline and clothing. Hamas taxes everything that comes through."

Since Hamas taxes everything which comes thru the smuggler tunnels, the tunnels are not for smuggling stuff into Gaza, but out of Egypt. So tell me: doesn't that sound like Egypt too is imposing a blockade? Only "Israel and the West" get blamed, tho.

Thanks, New York Times.

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Anonymous dan said...

Under the Oslo agreement, the border between Egypt and Gaza remained under Israeli control. Israel imposed the blockade, not Egypt.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 9:19:00 AM HST  
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Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 10:12:00 AM HST  
Blogger TTB said...

I wrote Mr Bronner of the NYT and asked him why Egypt wasn't credited with the blockade as well. His reply: "egypt participates in the blockade at the behest of israel and the palestinian authority." So I guess it doesn't count.

Sort of like when the Soviet Union invaded...uh...stabilized the Afghan government at the "government's" request.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 10:17:00 AM HST  

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