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Hopeless in Gaza

Today, despite Hamas's offers of ceasefire, no Israeli politician wants to talk—and so the people of Gaza continue to suffer

By Alex Renton   March 2008

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Qassam rockets rise surprisingly slowly, leaving faint scribbles of smoke in an early evening sky, like fireworks let off prematurely. We watched them as we sipped dusty sweet coffee last Wednesday, waiting for the Palestinian police at the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel to check our passports. As each rocket rose there came a shout from the men who hang around the checkpoint to see if they can make a shekel or two carrying luggage across the free-fire zone to the Israeli side. It is hard and dangerous work, but there…

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