World: On the Strip: Homeless in Gaza

"For Gaza shall be forsaken," warned the Old Testament Prophet Zephaniah. "Woe unto the inhabitants of the seacoast."

Through most of recorded history, that prophecy has seemed tragically well founded. Egypt's Pharaoh Thutmose III used Gaza as a fortress 3,500 years ago, and since then Egyptian armies have launched as many as 85 invasions from that vicinity against Palestine.

The Gaza "Strip" was created by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. It was the only bit of Palestine that the Egyptian army could salvage after fighting ineffectively against the creation of the state of Israel. The...

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