Archive for May 10th, 2013


Israel/Palestine/Egypt: antiquities smuggling and the Gaza Strip tunnel economy

Two Gazan Palestinians, Imad A. and Abdullah M., have admitted to using a smuggling tunnel in order to enter Egypt, but they have also been accused of smuggling antiquities (gold objects and pharaoh statues); allegedly, ‘the goods were in their possession before the arrests‘. While the immediate contribution of the illicit antiquities trade to Gaza’s economy is clear (and the cost to Gaza’s long-term economy is even clearer), the functioning of that trade is unclear.

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