MembersTachles with Aviel – A one-way ticket outta hell

“The Palestinians want to flee Gaza, but they have to pay astronomical sums. This is a very, very profitable business. Egypt is behind it.”

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Hamas, Gaza
People wait at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Palestinians with second passports and foreign nationals can be evacuated through the Rafah border crossing. November 1, 2023. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90
People wait at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Palestinians with second passports and foreign nationals can be evacuated through the Rafah border crossing. November 1, 2023. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90

In the Gaza Strip, the bribery industry is flourishing on the border with Egypt. In the shadow of war, the Rafah border crossing is the only window to freedom for the Palestinian population. There is a thriving travel industry bubbling beneath the surface, as there are, after all, enough tunnels under the Philadelphia Corridor, the narrow strip of land between the Gaza Strip and Egyptian Sinai. There has recently been talk in the media of 12 highways at a depth of 20 meters, and that is why Israel wants control of this 12-kilometer-long border area. A “one-way ticket” to normal life costs astronomical sums, and the Egyptians stand behind it and profit from the suffering of the Palestinians. In short – tourism from hell is booming in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians of Gaza want out. There are numerous videos on social networks of people who can no longer stand life in the coastal enclave, such as that of a one-legged Palestinian who touches the border wall near Rafah and screams his frustration in front of the camera.

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