Israel Shrinking Gaza Strip by 40 Percent

Why not just take the whole thing and drive them into the sea and say – “not our fault – Hamas made us do it!” Or why not build a huge moat and turn Gaza into an island? Or – no don’t stop reading just yet – how about sitting down with whomever wants to help and has a stake in world peace and humanity and talking peace. That way you can save money and your soul.

Against the Grain

Map courtesy of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.

This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded…

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