Saturday, June 5, 2010

A quick refresher

What exactly is the blockade of Gaza? is a bit of a refresher on what the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza is, and its consequences for those who happen to have the misfortune of living in Gaza. I've mentioned before that the consequences have been nothing short of genocidal in the sense of the term used by Rafael Lemkin. As an aside, say what you will about Hamas (which strikes me as roughly the Palestinian equivalent to our Tea Party crowd), but the party's rise to power would not have been possible without the brutal repression of those living in Gaza - and the more that Israel's government tries to turn the screws on those residing in Gaza, the more powerful a presence Hamas becomes.

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