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Israel, Arab Neighbors Hinder Palestinian Movement

Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Hamas-run Gaza are all restricting the entry and exit of Palestinians from their territories.
Palestinian passengers wait to cross into Egypt at Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip June 24, 2013. The crossing was experiencing slow passage movement, passengers said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTX10Z0W

A rather underreported issue about the way Palestinians are treated is emerging. Countries that control borders through which Palestinians need to travel act as though they were the guardians for what they deem best for Palestinians. Four different bodies today are using their powers to limit the movement of people and goods from and to various Palestinian territories. Ironically, the Ramallah-based Palestinian government is not one of them.

While travel restrictions refer to both entry and exit, what is strange is that these four powers use this control to prevent people from exiting without actually accusing them of anything. Such arbitrary decisions are often made under the pretext of being in the best interest of the people that they are restricting. When it comes to freedom of travel, the four key groups who have appointed themselves the guardians for Palestinians are the Hamas government, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

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