Egypt to Keep Rafah Crossing Open

In the latest turn of events from Gaza, Egyptian government has decided to keep the Rafah crossing, the only one on Egyptian side, open indefinitely. Their main argument is that the blockade has not worked and that Israel needs to find another way of dealing with Hamas.

This is certainly welcome news, for at least now Egypt, a major Arab nation in the region, despite its fears of Hamas, will no longer be a party to the illegal starvation and deprivation of Palestinian people.

It has been reported that Vice President Biden has also met the Egyptian leaders to seek a comprehensive solution to the problem. He might also want to clear this with Israelis, as the last time he visited Israel for the purpose of peace, he was given a surprise “gift” by the Israeli government.

But for now, at least some Palestinians can leave and some essential supplies can be brought in. Thank you Egypt for discovering your spine and for doing the right thing.


To view how people who stand for justice and peace are treated, visit the Jewish Voice for Peace blog to see what was said to their activists by Stand With Us members.

By M R

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Raja tweets @masoodraja

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