My Right Word
14 July '10
Another long article, after that tax-exemption piece.
They keep chipping away there at the New York Times. A real sob-story.
I've selected one short section of the new article on Gaza to illustrate the problem:-
The Palestinians of Gaza, most of them descended from refugees of the 1948 war that created Israel, have lived through decades of conflict and confrontation. Their scars have accumulated like layers of sedimentary rock, each marking a different crisis — homelessness, occupation, war, dependency.
Today, however, two developments have conspired to turn a difficult life into a new torment: a three-year blockade by Israel and Egypt that has locked them in the small enclave and crushed what there was of a formal local economy; and the bitter rivalry between Palestinian factions, which has undermined identity and purpose, divided families and caused a severe shortage of electricity in the middle of summer.
a) those "decades of conflict" should fairly be divided among Israel and Egypt.
Egypt kept the Gazans under military government, worse than Jordan which at least granted them citizenship (although they kept them basically in ghettos by not allowing them to integrate into the regular population centers. For example, the resident of Al-Amari camp in south Ramallah could not move down the street, out of the camp. I took a British MK, one Anthony Steen, there in the mid-1980s before the first intifada.
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