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Rafah Border-Crossing to be Temporarily Opened while Israel Keeps Two Gaza Crossings Closed

October 26, 2009

Ma’an News reports that the Egyptian government will be opening the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for a few days to allow limited movement of people to and from the Strip. The news agency also reports that Israel continues the closure of two of the three Gaza crossings with which it is adjacent, allowing only limited movement of humanitarian aid through the remaining Kerem Shalom crossing.

Such behavior constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as was claimed in the recent Goldstone Report. It also contradicts John Ging’s recent call for the immediate end to the blockade of Gaza, as well as President Obama’s statement to this effect in late January of this year.

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