Gaza’s borders are Israel’s too
During and after the recent conflict in and around Gaza, the media in the UK and many other commentators commonly referred to Israel’s ‘blockade’ of Gaza, imposed by closing the frontier crossing-points between Gaza and Israel. Lifting this blockade has been one of the principal demands of the Hamas régime in Gaza. Now Dave, who has contributed many well informed comments to discussions of Israel-Palestine issues on this blog, has sent me a copy of what seems to me an extremely interesting exchange of messages on the question of Gaza’s borders and the Israeli blockade. The messages are exchanged between himself and a contact of his, here called simply ‘A’, an Israeli living in one of the Israeli settlements on the West Bank. With Dave’s agreement, for which I am grateful, I have put the text of this exchange (“Gaza: frontiers or prison walls?“) on my website. You can read it here.
In my short introduction to this text, I have written:
I am grateful to Dave, who has contributed many informative (and sometimes controversial) comments to my blog, for allowing me to put here this exchange of messages between himself and an Israeli contact, ‘A’, about the nature of the border between Gaza and Israel. I know nothing of ‘A’, and not much more about Gaza’s borders, so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of A’s remarks in this exchange. Nor do I take sides over the issues discussed. But many of the points made and the questions asked seem to me to shed fresh and useful light on issues which some of the UK media have perhaps tended to present in over-simplified black and white in their coverage of the recent tragic conflict. Anyway, judge for yourself.
The text of the exchange of messages is at http://bit.ly/XKggt.
If you wish to leave a comment on any aspect of the Gaza border question or on what Dave and ‘A’ have written about it, please do so here, in the space for comments below this.