Contrasts between Gaza, West Bank show Palestinian divide – washingtonpost.com

The notion of a single “Palestine” seems to be receding, for the Barakat brothers and all Palestinians, a process accelerated by Israeli policies that restrict travel into and out of the Gaza Strip and limit its economic growth in a bid to undercut support for the area’s ruling Islamist Hamas movement.

Gaza — dependent on foreign aid even in the best of times, because of its large refugee population — has become a place of makeshift jobs, handouts and smuggled goods, still not able or allowed to rebuild after a punishing three-week war with Israel that began last December. Doubts have deepened about how and whether two places so different can be knit back together.

via Contrasts between Gaza, West Bank show Palestinian divide – washingtonpost.com.

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