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Oxfam inadvertently left the neighbour on the western border of Gaza off the map in its YouTube clip but not on its eastern border. An honest mistake despite the Arab Spring drawing the attention of Egypt and its politics to everyone’s ears including ODA activists.

The Gaza Strip has two borders: both Egypt and Israel restrict trade with the Gaza. Through this honest mistake in map reading, Oxfam blames Gaza’s problems on the Israeli blockade. I am sure it will correct its position once it reads a map such as the one adjacent which is identical to that in its YouTube clip in all but one detail. It has all of the Gaza’s neighbours on it.

Any blockade of Israel of the Gaza Strip is not grounds to attack Israel because it can always trade across its border with Egypt but Hamas backed the wrong side in the recent Egyptian presidential election.

After the military coup, the military leaders closed 95% of the tunnels that connected Egypt to Gaza. In 2013-2014, Egypt’s military has destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels which were used to smuggle food, weapons and other goods into Gaza, including flooding them with sewage. Egypt is setting-up a 13-mile buffer zone with the Gaza Strip. The includes clearing 10,000 residents from 800 houses.

Hamas derived 40% of its tax revenue from tariffs on goods that flow through those tunnels with Egypt. One estimate puts the economic losses at nearly a fifth of Gazan GDP.

The Israeli blockade of the Gaza may have something to do with Gaza firing missiles randomly  at civilian targets in Israel. Hamas now murders Israeli citizens in the street in knife attacks.

The Gaza strip may have political differences with the Egyptian military dictators but it is not actually committing acts of war against them.

There is no good reason why Oxfam is not protesting against Egypt’s blockade of the Gaza in the same way they protest against breaches of international law involved in the Israeli blockade!Passing references to the Egyptian blockade in press releases is not enough.

No peace convoys attempt to break the Egyptian blockade. Plenty were launched against Israel. One reason is the Egyptians are rough customers. There is rule of law in Israel, none in Egypt.

The ancient Egyptians were a bit obsessed

Where are the most pyramids?

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Further evidence of mass kidnappings of peace activists

Smoke rises after Egyptian army demolished houses on the Egyptian side on border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (Photo credit: AP/Eyad Baba)

Egypt is doing more work to set up a 13-mile buffer zone with the Gaza Strip, after it discovered hundreds more tunnels running from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave into the Sinai Peninsula. The plan includes clearing 10,000 residents from some 800 houses. Egypt has already destroyed over 1600 smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip and is constantly on the lookout for more.

Where is the international protest is regarding this continued blockade of the Gaza Strip? Why haven’t the peace activists taken to the streets across the globe to protest at this blockading the Gaza Strip?

The only possible explanation as to why these principled peace activist are unavailable to take to the streets is mass kidnappings. This blockade by Egypt of the Gaza Strip  and its intensive long-term dimensions has been regularly reported in the Guardian, so they must know of it. The Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip is so intense that Hamas has resumed trade with Israel.

Of course, once you start discussing the Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip, you must discuss what Hamas is doing to remove it, which are well-known.

As the Guardian reported, Hamas’s decision to carry on fighting in in the recent war recent weeks despite catastrophic civilian losses owed as much to Egypt’s refusal to lift this blockade as it does to Israel’s. Egypt wanted Hamas to accept an immediate ceasefire without preconditions. Hamas wanted Egypt to spell out how it might ease the siege before it would agree to a ceasefire.

Even the Guardian occasionally mentions who was the real target of the Hamas missiles fired at Israel. Where are the peace activists? Kidnapped?

Egypt to double size of ‘buffer zone’ along Gaza border

Where is the international protest movement? Once again, the only explanation is that they must have been kidnapped.

There is no other reason why they are not protesting against Egypt’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in the same way they protest against the breaches of international law involved in the Israeli blockade!

Kia Ora Gaza

More homes face demolition as Egyptian security forces warn people a buffer zone with Gaza is to be extended.

‘Inside Story’, Al Jazeera, 5 December 2014

Egypt plans to double the size of a buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip.

The [Egyptian] government says the measure is intended to put an end to the movement of armed fighters and weapons from Gaza to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The first phase of the operation began in October, days after 30 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a checkpoint close to the Gaza border.

Thousands of people in northern Sinai were ordered to move out. Their homes were then bulldozed and bombed. The buffer zone runs for about 13km along Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip.

The first phase cleared an area 500 metres wide, destroying homes and tunnels used for smuggling. The security buffer is…

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The Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip is the real target of Hamas

David Brooks argues that Egypt is the real target of the Hamas missiles. After the recent military coup in Egypt, the military leaders closed roughly 95% of the tunnels that connected Egypt to Gaza. In 2013-2014, Egypt’s military has destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels which were used to smuggle food, weapons and other goods into Gaza, including flooding them with sewage.

Hamas derived 40% of its tax revenue from tariffs on goods that flow through those tunnels. One estimate puts the economic losses at nearly a fifth of the Gazan GDP.

Hamas couldn’t strike at Egypt to end the blockade so it attacked Israel  in a proxy war. If Hamas could emerge as the heroic fighter, if Arab TV screens were filled with dead Palestinian civilians, then public outrage might force Egypt to lift the blockade.

When Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, dismissed a plea for a cease-fire, he asked

What are 200 martyrs compared with lifting the siege?

Hamas is firing rockets at Tel Aviv and sending terrorists through tunnels into Israel while aiming at Cairo.

The Gaza Strip has two borders: both Egypt and Israel restrict trade with the Gaza. The Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip is biting much more than the Israeli blockade.

HT: marginalrevolution.com

Why isn’t Hamas firing missiles at Egypt for its on-going blockade of the Gaza Strip?

You don’t have to be too much of a geography nerd to notice that the Gaza Strip is not an enclave of Israel.

The Gaza Strip has a border with Egypt.  Any blockade of Israel of the Gaza Strip is not grounds to attack Israel because it can always trade across its border with Egypt.

Egypt frequently blockades partially or wholly its border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas is not firing missiles that Egypt for this outrage? Why?

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