Israel: Rootless in Gaza

As underendowed a stretch of land as exists anywhere in the world, the Gaza Strip hardly seems to qualify as a territorial prize. The 25-mile-long seaside sliver of formerly Egyptian-run territory is more thickly settled than The Netherlands; it is more crowded with problems than any other area occupied by Israel in the Middle East war. Some 60% of its 350,000 inhabitants are refugees who lost their lands to the Israelis in 1948. Most of them live on the dole in eight refugee camps, sitting in the shade of their huts and shuffling sad-eyed from one day to the...

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