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Friday, 4 January 2013

Egypt the after-thought

This BBC article blames Israel for the 'blockade' of Gaza and includes this line in a prominent position:
'Human rights groups have said Israel's measures are tantamount to collective punishment against Palestinians in Gaza.'
If you read to the very end of the article, and most people won't. It is obvious that on news sites most people read the headline and sub-headline and maybe what appears on the first screen as they view it, a minority read on.  If you do make it to the end of the article you read this:
'The relaxation came a day after Egypt also eased its own restrictions, allowing in 1,400 tonnes of gravel. Egypt had blocked the transfer of goods into Gaza since Hamas came to power after winning elections in 2006 and ousting the rival Fatah faction from Gaza the following year.

The Israeli-Egyptian blockade has left Gazans largely dependent on external aid and a black market fuelled by smuggling through tunnels from Egypt.'
A question, if Egypt is also restricting the transfer of goods into Gaza then why have 'Human rights groups have said Israel's measures are tantamount to collective punishment against Palestinians in Gaza.' but not mentioned Egypt?

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