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Gaza's destroyed airport continues to stand witness to a shattered Palestinian dream of the right to free movement.
The Gaza international airport is located in the southern-most tip of the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt.
Israeli forces bombed the Gaza international airport in 2001 and wreaked havoc on every corner of the coastal enclave's sole air terminal.
The destruction of the airport has badly affected the travel industry in Gaza.
The Gaza International airport was considered a first step towards Palestinian independence.
Its only runway was torn up by Israeli tanks and bulldozers during numerous incursions.
Nowadays Gazans must first travel an arduous journey to Egypt by car via the Rafah crossing to use either the Al-Arish or Cairo airports to board planes.
The International Civil Aviation Organization condemned Israel for the destruction of the airport.
Israel claimed that the air port posed a security risk.
Rights groups accused Israel of violating the rights of Gazans to freedom of movement by destroying the airport and keeping border crossings closed.
Years after its destruction many here say they are pessimistic about the airport being rebuilt again in the foreseeable future.
Gaza having an international airport could be a step closer to independence. Now, its debris stands as a symbol of its broken connection to the outside world.
Originally posted by cass1dy09
So why don't they rebuild it? Do Iran and other Arab countries only fund Palestine weapons and nothing else?
If the arabs care so much about the Palastinians
Why don't the rich shieks each give 1% of their worth to them for tha betterment of Gaza ?
Traditionally God Gave Israel to the jews.
Originally posted by sk0rpi0n
reply to post by cody599
Similarly, if the west cares so much for the Israelis... why don't they carve out a Jewish homeland in one of their own countries? You know... instead of putting them right in the midst of a people they believe are inherently hostile towards Israelis.
reply to post by sk0rpi0n
But as only God can verify that and I doubt he is going to enter this debate. I'll have to go with the UN
I don't think they expected Israel to win though
The U.N. Resolution 181 partition plan was to divide the remaining 25% of Palestine into a Jewish Palestinian State and a SECOND Arab Palestinian State (Trans-Jordan being the first) based upon population concentration. The Jews accepted --- the Arabs rejected. They still wanted ALL. On May 14, 1948 the Palestinian Jews finally declared their own State of Israel. On the next day, Israel was at war with seven Arab armies... Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen. Most of the Arabs living within the boundaries of "Israel" were encouraged to leave by the invading Arab armies to facilitate the slaughter of the Jews. When the war ended, Israel survived even with a loss of 1% of it's entire population. Those Arabs who did not run away became today's Israeli Arab citizens. Those who fled became the seeds of the so-called "Palestinian Arab refugees."