It still seems that, even though the border between Egypt and Gaza at Rafah are "open", there are a lot of kinks to be worked out. Since most of those kinks lie with Israeli bureaucracy, things will not be changing in the near future for most Palestinians. When a house is bombed of dozed, identity papers tend to get lost... This seems to me to be a boon from Egypt but perhaps directed by the dictators of Tel Aviv.
A few headlines from Zionist press, just to let you see how the Israeli press views and propagandizes this step forward:
May 31, 2011
“I won’t be 40 until October but I’m still going to try. My Mum is in Egypt and very sick with Alzheimer’s. She is 80 years old and none of her sons are with her. We are all here in Gaza.
“When I speak to her on the phone she sounds very tired and weak. I’m afraid she will die. If I get through the border tomorrow, at least I can sit with her for a week so that she recognizes me again.”
“The last time I tried to cross Rafah with my husband was in May 2010,” she says. “We got to the Palestinian border at 4am and reached the Egyptian side at 11pm. The Egyptian officials told my husband he and my son could pass through but they told me that because I have expired Egyptian travel documents and I don’t have a Palestinian ID I had to turn back.
“At 1am we decided we would come home together. My husband refuses to go to Egypt for the operation alone. He will be a patient and will need help. It was a disaster. This new opening means nothing to me because I know my case.”
“It’s incredible. Anyone who came to the terminal, they just stamped their passport and gave them entry just like that. I am from Gaza and have a black passport but there were many different passports coming through ~ yellow, blue, red. There was a huge difference,” Hamad Yusef told IRIN.
“This is a very important day for Gaza… For four years we have been living under a siege. Now not all our problems are solved, but it’s better.
“We are in talks with the Egyptians and hope that the restrictions applied to men aged 18-40 will be lifted soon.”