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Berlin Wall Meets Mall of America

A security wall on the border between Gaza and Egypt was destroyed today, freeing the people of the trapped and desperate Strip to…shop.   Though this seems prosaic, it is vitally important to the people of Gaza, suffering under Israeli blockades (themselves a response to constant rocket attacks).    The border has turned into a bizarre bazaar, as both Palestinian and Egyptian security forces are looking the other way, if not helping out the spree.    It is suspected by both Palestinians and Israeli's that Hamas was responsible for tearing down the wall, which, if true, is a smart play.   The people of Gaza were suffering, and whether they choose to blame Israel or their own government's obstinate militancy, it is the local government that feel the wrath of the people.   Today opened up a huge safety valve, relieving pressure.   It also gives Hamas a play, as according to Ha’aretz, “Hamas’ Damascus-based political leader Khaled Meshal said Wednesday that his organization would be willing to work to resolve the chaotic situation on the Gaza-Egypt border, but only if the border were placed under exclusive Palestinian and Egyptian control.”     Smart play by Hamas. 

Palestinians Cross Downed Gaza Wall to Egypt

To the store!



Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill is a freelance writer currently based out of Chicago. He has lived in Egypt and in Yemen, and worked as a writer and editor for the Yemen Observer publishing company. He currently is an analyst with the Jamestown Foundation.