Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* A Different Gaza: Correspondent Rafael Frankel has been on seven reporting trips into Gaza. But his latest trip to report on Palestinian Fulbright scholars is his first in two years, and his first visit since the militant group Hamas has seized control of the strip.

"This is the first time that I didn't feel like I needed eyes in the back of my head to make sure something bad didn't happen to me," he observes. "Hamas is now in power and the streets are definitely safer. There is still something a bit eerie about men with automatic weapons on every other street corner, but it's better than men from warring factions with automatic weapons on every street corner," Rafi notes.

But he says that while foreign visitors may feel more secure, "the flip side is that life is now harder than ever for the 1.4 million residents since the borders were shut down following the Hamas takeover a year ago. The economy here, never that strong, has completely collapsed. So physical security is up, but everything else is way down. …

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