The politicized Palestinian NGO, Al Dameer, issued a press release on September 28 demanding that the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt be permanently opened. It stated that the closure of the crossing was "collective punishment" and a violation of human rights law. Al Dameer failed to mention that since Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza, the Rafah crossing has been used to smuggle large amounts of weapons into the territory and therefore constitutes a serious security concern for Israel. Al Dameer’s donors include the International Commission of Jurists, the Ford Foundation and Norwegian Peoples Aid.


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