Throwing away the key
An excellent op-ed published by former UNRWA spokesperson, Paul Mccan, whom I had the pleasure of speaking with and meeting on a number of occasions. I guess leaving the UN finally allowed him to speak without prohibition. Some excerpts:
There is a Bedouin village — breeze-block shanties built on sand dunes — in the north of the Gaza Strip that has been overlooked by the army watchtowers of the Jewish settlement of Nisanit. On most nights during the intifada, soldiers in these watchtowers fired down into the alleys of the village, keeping everyone hemmed into their homes at night.
On occasion, children, disorientated and panicked by the firing, had been known to run out of their shacks and into the line of fire....
"[J]ust because the most visible and oppressive signs of the Israeli occupation will be gone, no one should be under the illusion that Gaza will cease to be the world's largest prison camp."
"[I]n the longer term, it seems Israel wants to lock up Gaza and throw away the key.