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October 28, 2007

LA Times Borderline on Gaza-Egypt

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Israel is in control of THIS border crossing? Hardly. In June, A Hamas fighter inside a scanning machine at the Rafah border crossing in Gaza/Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

In his report Friday (Oct. 26) entitled "Israel OKs Gaza electricity cutoffs," the Los Angeles Times' Richard Boudreaux's misleads:

Gaza's 1.5 million people get 60 % of their electricity from Israel, which pulled its troops and settlers from the territory in 2005 but still controls Gaza's borders. (Emphasis added.)

The fact that Israel has no control over the Gaza-Egypt border was underscored by Richard Boudreaux's own Oct. 2 report, which stated:

Hamas scored a small gain Sunday, when Egypt opened its border to let 80 stranded Palestinians, including Hamas members and militants from other factions wanted by Israel, cross into Gaza. The decision, a response to pressure by Hamas, was a surprise to Israel, which had counted on Egypt to support its policy of isolating Hamas to keep the border closed. (Emphasis added.)

CAMERA has contacted the Times requesting a clarification. Stay tuned.

Posted by TS at October 28, 2007 06:49 AM

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