Haaretz, 16.03.15

a quota of 200 adult Gazans permitted to leave for prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, and then return, was set last October. In addition, for the first time since 2007, tomatoes and eggplants were permitted to be exported from Gaza and sold in Israeli markets. Was it because of the Jewish shmita (when land lies fallow for a year), or because of dire warnings from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund about the deteriorating Gazan economy? It does not matter. What matters is that the tomatoes and eggplants left last week on two trucks, 25 tons of produce on each. How extraordinary.



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