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Video: Who are the Palestinians traveling through Rafah crossing?

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Last week, Egyptian President Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire month of Ramadan, which he said was “in order to ensure the easing of the burdens on the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

The crossing, which serves as the main gateway to the outside world for the 2 million Palestinians besieged in Gaza, has remained largely closed since Sisi’s rise to power.

We spoke to several Palestinians — students going abroad to study or in search of jobs, people traveling to reunite with families, and injured protesters seeking treatment in Jordan — as they waited for their chance to leave Gaza. The journey out of Gaza is far from simple, as only a select number of Palestinians with permission are allowed to leave.

Most of the Gazans at the crossing were anxious to leave the small coastal enclave, which has suffered from decade-long Israeli siege that has plunged Gaza into extreme poverty and some of the highest unemployment rates in the world. The UN has said the territory could become “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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15 Responses

  1. annie
    annie
    May 25, 2018, 11:39 am

    the wounded boy at 3:10 “i can’t even urinate or use the bathroom properly”. so many people targeted in their groin. sick. “i pray to god to bring back my legs, that’s all i want” it’s so hard to watch this video and not be repulsed. the inhumanity is deafening.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      May 25, 2018, 12:07 pm

      At what point is a Jewish State just not worth it ?

      • annie
        annie
        May 25, 2018, 12:44 pm

        i think that point came and went a long long time ago mag.

      • just
        just
        May 25, 2018, 12:46 pm

        It hasn’t been”worth it” for years imho……………The Nakba continues apace. What baffles me is why so many support this ongoing brutality, immorality, cruelty, illegality, and inhumanity.

        It says a lot about them~ none of it good.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      May 25, 2018, 5:13 pm

      Many would say, who cares, they are not Jewish. Dick and Jane seem to echo this by their silence in the matter.

  2. catalan
    catalan
    May 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

    “the inhumanity is deafening.” Annie
    It’s easy to feel desperation in these circumstances. However, let us remember that Israel is collapsing, Zionism is at its end, and BDS is winning.

    • annie
      annie
      May 25, 2018, 12:51 pm

      don’t get too far out ahead of yourself catalan. while the trajectory of zionism is barreling downhill at a fast pace it’s not at the end yet. but your other statements are right on. keep the faith and try not to feel that desperation you speak of. the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        May 25, 2018, 5:16 pm

        Did the arc of justice bend toward justice over the last 75 years since the Shoah victims morphed into the on-going Nakba victims? If so, I guess, I missed it.

      • inbound39
        inbound39
        May 25, 2018, 9:56 pm

        I agree Annie about not getting to far ahead. The sinister side is Zionists in Israel will likely take a lot down with them if their enterprise collapses. That would fit their insanity. They are unpredictable and always looking for the shock value card.

  3. catalan
    catalan
    May 25, 2018, 1:26 pm

    “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Annie
    I agree with you – I think that eventually, the world will be moral and just. The moral universe has a bright future, that is indisputable. The physical universe – not so much: our little earth will become unlivable in at most 1 billion years, with the oceans boiling. Eventually the sun will absorb the earth, with all of our operas, graves, and arguments burning up in hot helium. However, morality and justice – they will for sure prevail. Why would I be desperate about that – what could be bad about a moral and just world?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      May 25, 2018, 3:28 pm

      . “. The physical universe…unlivable…oceans boiling…. Eventually the sun will absorb the earth, with all of our operas, graves, and arguments burning up in hot helium. However, morality and justice – they will for sure prevail. Why would I be desperate about that – what could be bad about a moral and just world?”

      What could be bad? To find that out, we need only answer one question: “Is this good for the Jews, or bad for the Jews?”

      • catalan
        catalan
        May 25, 2018, 4:20 pm

        “Is this good for the Jews, or bad for the Jews?” Mooser
        A moral and just world is good for everyone. Fortunately, Zionism is spiraling towards its bitter end; ergo, we finally will live in a just and moral world. I, for one, look forward to it (as incidentally I look forward to free healthcare, free college and perhaps universal basic income).

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 25, 2018, 6:10 pm

        ” I, for one, look forward to it.” “catalan”

        Your prospects are even rosier, “catalan”. As an affluent US citizen, you are in a position to help bring it about, by supporting progressive causes.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        May 26, 2018, 4:23 am

        The most progressive tax rates in US history applied in 1944-1945. If the neocons-zionists-liberal interventionists get their total war against Iran-Hezbollah-Syria-Hamas, which may bring in China & Russia, this can happen again. No evidence such progressive tax rates will ever be accepted for an agenda of “free” healthcare, collage & universal basic income.

  4. Boomer
    Boomer
    May 26, 2018, 7:41 am

    On another site, I saw a headline “What Accounts for America’s Sadism toward Palestinians?” I clicked on it, in hope of learning the answer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really tell us. I like to think that most Americans are not actually sadists when it comes to Palestinians, only those in control of America’s policies and actions. For the rest of us, there is a lot of ignorance, indifference, and impotence. But I don’t know. It’s a reasonable question.

    https://www.juancole.com/2018/05/accounts-americas-palestinians.html

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