The Rafah crisis

Things are not going well for the egyptians living there.

Hammad and many other residents of Egyptian towns along the Gaza border
are increasingly disgruntled, not only with the Gazans and their Hamas rulers but with their own government. They are warning that chaos is brewing and demanding the crisis be resolved quickly.

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On the Egyptian side of Rafah, a town that the border had divided,
many gas stations have run out of fuel and grocery stores are short on
food.

Hammad, 26, said he restocked his store twice this week but ran out of items to sell Tuesday.

"They are buying everything," he said of the Palestinians. "God
forbid, they will also buy the air and we will not be able to breathe."

Gazans spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past week,
cleaning out the stores in Egyptian Rafah and the nearby town of El-Arish.

They scooped up just about anything they could get their hands on —
diesel fuel, cement, cigarettes, washing powder, electrical appliances,
car batteries, medicines and even exotic birds for pets.

The Egyptians were eager at first to make a buck from the Palestinians but now they want the crisis wrapped up.

Some Egyptians complained the Palestinians drove prices up sharply
and bought their goods, at times turning around and reselling them down
the street at much higher prices.

Others even claimed they had been robbed.

Standing in the middle of a Rafah street in mud-covered sandals,
wood collector Khamis Abou-Fares complained to anyone who would listen.

"After blinking for a second, I could no longer see my pile of
wood," he said. The Palestinians "destroyed our town and now they are
stealing from us. Is this the way to return a favor?"

Nooreldin el-Goneus, 25, said some Palestinians offered to buy the
sheep he was selling to get cash for his upcoming wedding. But he
declined because their offer wasn't good enough. Half an hour later,
his flock was gone from outside his home and he says his brother saw
some Palestinians load his sheep onto their truck.

"We took you (Palestinians) in and gave you everything we had, and now you are slapping us with those thefts," he lamented.

I will start a campaign to send humanitarian relief to our Sinai brothers under siege between Hamas and the Egyptian government. Support the Brave Sinai people in their hour of need against the palestinian occupation. :P

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  1. Iman Hosni
    January 31, 2008 at 9:33 am

    If I see any palestinian on the streets of cairo, I will make sure to teach him a lesson and make him not visit our beloved country anytime soon!
    lol
    no seriously we are like the poorest, dirtiest, uneducated country ever, we dont need no filthy palestinians to make our life worse!!

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  2. Suzanne
    January 31, 2008 at 9:56 am

    But where do they get the money from? About 35% of the Gazans are living below poverty. How can they afford this spending? Was it aid money? Was it only the Hamas and other maffiosi alike & their families – who surely have enough money? And last but not least: is the bought stuff actually going to the ones who really need it?

    Any why the stealing? Destroying the hand which feeds you?

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  3. anon
    January 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Gaza is like a big concentration camp (barb wire included). They are starving and they need to eat.

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  4. leo
    January 31, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    “Gaza is like a big concentration camp (barb wire included). They are starving and they need to eat.”

    And eat they do. Half a ton of flower a day per capita. That’s some appetite.

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  5. Xylo
    January 31, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    How can they afford this spending? Was it aid money?

    The Palesintinians have recieved more aid per capita than any other people in the world.

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  6. leo
    January 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    “The Palesintinians have recieved more aid per capita than any other people in the world.”

    This is understatement.

    Palestinians enjoy very lucrative welfare system and will never get their act together unless they are taken taken off it.

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  7. Amr
    February 2, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    the whole Gaza border ordeal is a great deal among capitalist elites in the area. it is by no means a sign of increasing popular resistence or solidarity. i wrote a little comment on that i hope you like it Sandmonkey. Thank you.

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  8. Mohamed
    February 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    “Hammad, 26, said he restocked his store twice this week but ran out of items to sell Tuesday.”

    Oh, poor poor shopkeeper who has sold in a week twice what he’d sell in a month. Am i actually supposed to feel sorry for a sod who’s been overcharging everyone – his neighbours included – for basic foodstuff? Jeez.

    and to the people wondering where the people got the money — well, there’s 1.5 million people living there, who normally live and consume stuff. 6 months ago, ‘someone’ decided to cut them off the world and not supply them with anything. Forced savings, in a sense. Why is this so complicated for your tiny tiny brains? And yes, they buy basic foodstuff as well as non-basic items. So do you, right?

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  9. brooklynjon
    February 5, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Mohamed,

    Its a problem for the inhabitants of Sinai when they can’t buy anything. And its a problem for the shopkeeper when he realizes that he’s received counterfeit money for his real goods.

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