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Israel Continues to Detain Gazans At Border Crossing

The Israeli authorities continue to detain and interrogate Gazans traveling into Israel via the Erez crossing, including those who are ill and seeking medical treatment.
Christian Palestinians leave Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip December 22, 2011, as they make their way to the West Bank town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. The Israeli army on Thursday gave permits to some 500 Christian Palestinians from Gaza to enter Israel as they make their way to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR2VJLV
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“It was silent save for the whispers of praise, the recitations of the Quran and the shuffling feet of some Israeli soldiers. All of a sudden, while we were waiting for permission to traverse the crossing that separates Gaza from Israel, they took my husband without reason!

“I don’t deny that I was in a state of fearful anticipation. Questions build in my mind and my heart began to race faster and faster. My eye continued to hurt me but I did not let this show. Fate had decreed that I would spend that night experiencing a harsh reality. Voices grew nearer and the shuffle of feet marked the arrival of the last of the soldiers. They had taken my husband to a faraway place, and later I learned that they had detained him.”

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