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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:06 PM
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Stoic Gaza claws back to what passes for normal
MUGHRAQA, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - It is hard to believe that the empty sea washing the shore of the battered Gaza Strip is the same Mediterranean of European pleasure yachts and bathing beaches.

For 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza, the westward sea is like the fourth wall of a crumbling prison bounded to the north, east and south by an Israeli-led blockade, and now smashed in key places by a three-week Israeli military assault.

"It has been the same for 60 years," said Abdel-Qader Shtewi al-Kurd who fled to Gaza during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and who witnessed the 1967 and 1973 wars.

He fled from Beer-Tima, a Palestinian village now in the Jewish state created in the same year he became a refugee.
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