Tag Archives: Rafah crossing


Israel to Build Underground Wall Along Gaza Border

Israel to Build Underground Wall Along Gaza Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel plans to build an underground wall along its border with Gaza. According to YNet, the wall be “tens of meters” below and above ground and will cost NIS 2.2 billion, or more than a half-billion US dollars. 2. Did Hezbollah clash with Syrian regime soldiers? 3. The US is signalling


Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab reports picked up by i24 News, many Palestinians who last week left Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to Egypt were forced to pay the Egyptians bribes of up to $3,000. Al-Sawaf said that not only were people forced to pay bribes, but the amount differed between the authorities.


France Deploys Thousands of Forces to Protect Jewish Schools

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkeys’ Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, bragged to reporters that Ankara’s support for Hamas made it “mainstream.” He doesn’t realize Hamas is just dragging down Turkish credibility. This line was the biggest whopper of all: “If our relations [with Israel] had not deteriorated, Hamas was going to recognize Israel in the event


Israel Moves to Outlaws Palestinian “Guards” on Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: Israel is moving to outlaw an informal group of Palestinian “guards” at the Temple Mount, and restrict visits by Knesset members and right-wing activists. The guards are called “Mourabitoun” in Arabic, a term used to describe an advance guard meant to protect Islamic holy sites from heretics. Dozens of men

Rafah and the Law of Unintended Consequences Bites Egypt

After re-opening Rafah, the law of unintended consequences bites Egypt. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) writes: A full opening at Egypt’s Rafah border, analysts say, could allow Israel to separate itself more definitively from Gaza, foisting humanitarian and security responsibilities for the enclave onto Egypt . . . Keeping the border closed

Top 5 Reasons The Gaza Flotilla Will Go On Even Though Egypt’s Opening Rafah Crossing This Weekend

Egypt announced it will permanently open the Rafah border crossing this weekend. With Palestinians able to travel back and forth, and consumer goods already plentiful, you’d think the Free Gaza flotilla being organized in Turkey should be superfluous. Think again. Here are the top five reasons the flotilla will go on. 5. Too many misogynistic Arab