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Rafah crossing officials admit “mistakes were made” during last opening

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The crossing authorities sent a statement on Thursday, following the April 17-18 opening for patients, students and passport holders. Following the opening accusations were made that privilege was given to Hamas-affiliated individuals and that others were denied permission to leave based on political affiliation.

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Aid Rots outside Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aid intended for the Gaza Strip is piling up in cities across Egypt’s North Sinai region, despite recent calls from the United Nations to ease aid flow restrictions to the embattled territory in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million people, coming from governments and non-governmental agencies around the world, are being stored in warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and on airport runways across Egypt’s North Sinai governorate.

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De facto government police arrest Fatah Youth planning Prisoners Day events

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Repressive actions are being carried out by de facto government forces in the Gaza Strip against Fatah Youth members preparing to mark Prisoners Day in Rafah, head of the youth council in the Gaza Strip Mahmoud Qanan said Thursday.


Egypt arrests 15 for building rockets

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Egyptian security forces on Friday announced that they had detained 15 people on Friday over accusations they helped make rockets destined to be smuggled into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip via border tunnels.

The sources said authorities had confiscated the outer shells of 60 rockets from a metal workshop in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed, near the closed Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

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Palestinian Journalist Deported after waiting 36 hours in Cairo’s Airport

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

Laila Al-Hadid, author of the blog “Raising Yousif and Noor,” has been denied entry into Gaza, where she’s originally from. After waiting 36 hours in Cairo’s airport, they deported her and her two children back to the US. She communicated with the world through twitter and the web.

Since Laila’s visa for the US has ended, its likely that her family’s ordeal isn’t over. She was planning to renew her visa in Beirut, where she was going to meet her husband, a US citizen and a Palestinian refugee who is denied his right to return to Palestine by Israel. Before going to Beirut, Laila wanted to visit her home in Gaza. Since Israeli authorities have closed all points of entry to the Gaza Strip under its control, the only route to Gaza left for Laila is through the Egyptian side of Rafah. Rafah is also temporarily closed, and apparently Egyptian authorities have been claiming that they had orders not to allow Palestinian residents into the country as long as Rafah is closed. Laila is carrying a letter signed by the Egyptian consulate in the US explaining that she is travelling to renew her visa, but Egyptian authorities at Cairo airport are unimpressed. According to Laila, they told her “So sue him!”

Laila Al-Hadid and Family

Laila Al-Hadid and Family

From Laila Al-Hadid’s Twitter:

  1. thank you everyone for your support- I thought I could get in, I exhausted all options. They said I needed security clearance (to go home)
  2. i don’t think I have ever gone such a long stretch with no sleep. I am beginning to halluciate.
  3. getting ready for deportation trip back to US via London. should be interesting explaining this to US immigration. the saga continues. (
  4. i was asked by men in holding cell what I did to be in there, I said “I was born Palestinian” (
  5. favorite line by egyptian mockiccer: “honestly, we did not get any sleep over your orrdeal, we feel for you, really we do”
  6. unfortunately could not film there; though could have tried to hide my flip. oh well.
  7. I told everyone in the detention room I am the only one here because I cannot go home- you are all being deported home, I am denied home (
  8. then they said “its very uncomfortable isn’t it? we do’nt mind keeping you there you know” (
  9. took my laptop and cameras; everyone was called on by country; 5 south asians were “Pakistan”; Guneaian was “Kenya”; another was Indonesia (
  10. i was placed in a detention room with 17 others for 3 hours then taken to a room and asked “if that’s what I wanted for the forseable future (
  11. now talk of deporting us to the US tonight (

Click here to see her blog “Raising Yousif and Noor”.

Rizqa: The least that can be done by the Arab summit is to break the siege

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

Dr. Yousef Rizqa, the political advisor to premier Ismail Haneyya, stated Saturday that the least that the Arab summit can do for the Palestinian people, who defended the dignity of Arabs and Muslims, is to break the siege on the Gaza Strip and open the crossings especially the Rafah border crossing.

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Tough times for university students in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009
The Agricultural College of al-Azhar University in Beit Hanoun was destroyed by the Israeli attacks on Gaza

The Agricultural College of al-Azhar University in Beit Hanoun was destroyed by the Israeli attacks on Gaza

Three colleges — al-Da’wa College for Humanities in Rafah, Gaza College for Security Sciences in Gaza City, and the Agricultural College in Beit Hanoun (part of al-Azhar University) — were destroyed, according to Al Mezan communications officer Mahmoud AbuRahma.

Six university buildings in Gaza were razed to the ground and 16 damaged. The total damage is estimated at $21.1 million, according to the Palestinian National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan for Gaza.

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Robert Fisk’s World: A brave man who stood alone. If only the world had listened to him

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

“Tom Hurndall had stayed in Rafah. He was only 21 where – in his mother’s words – he lost his life through a single, selfless, human act. “Tom was shot in the head as he carried a single Palestinian child out of the range of an Israeli army sniper.” Mrs Hurndall asked me to write a preface to Tom’s book and this article is his preface, for a brave man who stood alone and showed more courage than most if us dreamed of. Forget tree huggers. Hurndall was one good man and true.”

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