A study published Monday by a Palestinian engineer recommends solving the Gaza
Strip’s “population explosion” by allowing the enclave to expand into the Sinai
The study also recommends transferring some of the Gaza
Strip’s residents to the West Bank and setting rules for birth control as a way
of solving the problem.
The study was prepared by engineer Mustafa
al-Farra and published in the daily Al- Quds newspaper.
He also suggested
vertical construction and filling parts of the sea as possible methods to solve
the problems facing the residents of the Gaza Strip.
In his study, Farra
talked about the possibility of leasing lands in from the Egyptians for 99
years. He noted that while the talk about leasing lands from Egypt sounded
“strange” to some, it was nevertheless possible as precedents have already been
created in other parts of the world.
Farra mentioned Hong Kong as an
example, pointing out that it had been leased to Britain for a similar period of
time. Another example was Guantanamo Bay, which the US leased from Cuba, he
The study said that while the West Bank is 15 times bigger than
the Gaza Strip, the population in the Gaza Strip was nine times larger than that
of the West Bank.
Unconfirmed reports published in a number of Egyptian
newspapers recently claimed that Hamas has been planning to settle Palestinians
in Sinai and declare a Palestinian state there. Many Egyptians have strongly
come out against the alleged plan, calling on their government to prevent
Palestinians from moving to Sinai.
Writing in the Egyptian newspaper
Al-Ahram Weekly last October, columnist Ahmad Naguib Roushdy said: “Even if they
are only rumors, these rumors have roots in Egypt’s history. Every Egyptian
sympathizes with the Palestinian cause, and much Egyptian blood has been shed in
defense of it.
But if these rumors are true, the Palestinians have shown
themselves to be ungrateful and could be considered to be Egypt’s
“The Egyptian government should force any Palestinians in Sinai
now to return to where they came from,” he wrote. “I believe that the [Egyptian]
revolution did not only aspire to freedom and dignity, but also to the idea that
Egypt is for all Egyptians.
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