Today in Good News for Emily: I’m going to be posting more frequently at Open Zion – starting today!
In addition to my every-other-week column that’s meant to be somewhat op/ed-y, I’ll be doing the occasional quick hit that’s more typical of blogs. Today I pivoted off a small story in Ma’an News (a Palestinian news agency) about the fact that Israel has allowed the first export of clothes from Gaza in about five years:
Here’s a small story out of Gaza, one not likely to get picked up much in the Western press but which speaks volumes about the nature of Israel’s continuing control over life in Gaza, despite the 2005 withdrawal:
Israel allowed on Monday the export of Palestinian-made clothes from the Gaza Strip for the first time in at least five years, a Palestinian official said.
Raed Fattouh, who coordinates supplies into Gaza, said a truck carrying 2,000 pieces of mainly woolen garments were exported through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing towards an Israeli seaport en route to Britain….
(Because, you know. Keeping Gazans from exporting clothes isn’t at all like collective punishment. Not even a little bit).
To read the rest, as per the yoozh, please click here!
PS I’m hoping to get a real post up on this here blog at some point today. Fingers crossed!