Israel is constantly accused of turning Gaza into "one big prison" — and never mind the fact that Egypt, which also borders Gaza, sharply restricts the number of Palestinians allowed to transit its territory, too. But a stunning report by Haaretz's Amira Hass, who identifies so profoundly with the Palestinian cause that she spent years living in both Gaza and Ramallah, reveals another factor: even Gazans who do receive permission to leave, whether via Egypt or Israel, sometimes can't do so, because the two feuding Palestinian governments have denied them passports.
Thus Fiza Za'anin, a Hamas-affiliated midwife who won a UN award for her work, received
Hass's report recalls the Fatah-Hamas dispute that shut down a major Gazan power plant last month, because both parties insisted the other pay for the fuel.
At full capacity, the plant would increase
And then there's that new mall in
But according to Hamas, thousands of Gazans whose houses were destroyed in its war with
If Hamas and Fatah both spent less time and effort on anti-Israel incitement and more on improving their people's lives, Palestinians would be much better off. But that would require them to actually care more about their people's welfare than they do about undermining
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