Hamas Turns Back 37 Gaza War Orphans From a Bridge-Building Trip to Israel
By ISABEL KERSHNER and MAJD AL WAHEIDI
Israeli and Palestinian officials had organized the visit for 37 children from Gaza as a way to promote peace and reconciliation, but the Hamas authorities turned them back at a border crossing.
Given the damage inflicted on Gaza by Israel last summer, and in past operations, this effort at a gesture by Israeli peace activists may be viewed as “too little, too late.” But the individual Israelis of the Kibbutz Movement were not responsible for the war. It says something about Hamas that it would reject a project that Gazans themselves were willing to participate in.