Haaretz editorial: “Open Gaza’s Crossings”

Erez Crossing. Picture: Karl Schembri

Erez Crossing. Picture: Karl Schembri

June 7, 2015. A Haaretz editorial published today calls on Israel to open the crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel to allow for the passage of people. “For a year and a half now, Gaza’s 1.8 million residents have been caught in a pincer movement. The Rafah border crossing in the south has been closed for 18 months, because Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi sees Hamas as aiding the terror attacks against Egypt’s forces in Sinai. Israel permits very little movement through the Erez crossing, in the north, having imposed a blockade on the Strip in 2007, when Hamas gained control. The remaining crossings into Israel are closed to human traffic, departure by sea is impossible due to the lack of a proper port and restrictions on the sailing area, and the destroyed airport is closed”.

An article written by Jack Khoury in Haaretz two days ago made extensive use of Gisha’s information and analysis, and connected readers to the stories of ten people trapped in the Strip. These stories include students accepted into foreign universities who cannot reach their studies, and American who cannot travel since he entered Gaza via Rafah, and the owners of a hi-tech company who cannot travel to sign an important business contract.