Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Press TV video report: Gazans worried about Rafah border amid Egypt tensions

Press TV - People in Gaza are closely monitoring the anti-government protests in Egypt, their southern neighbor. As Palestinians in Gaza have been cut off from the outside world by years of the Israeli siege, Rafah border crossing is the main entry and exit post between Egypt and the costal enclave. The ongoing unrest in Egypt has affected prices in the Gaza Strip as underground tunnels grant access to goods banned by Israel and Gazans bring in many of their basic necessities through these tunnels.

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Locals can be seen queuing at gas stations stockpiling fuel, over fears that supplies from Egypt could be halted by the turmoil gripping the country.

As the main concern of the Gazans is the access to essential goods banned by Israeli authorities, such as construction material and fuel, the ministry of economy in the Hamas-run government in Gaza, has tried to reassure the people that fuel and food products are abundant in the enclave.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have informed Palestinian officials of their decision to close the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip indefinitely as the army deploys in the northern Sinai. This, as Hamas security forces deployed reinforcements along the border.

People here are also worried that Israel might take over the Rafah crossing and deploy its army along Gaza-Egypt border should the uprising lead to a regime change in the North African country. Read more