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Gaza History

Gaza history is longer and more complicated than one would expect. The territory itself, for example, was politically under the control of Egypt from 1948 to 1967 before Israel took over the area from 1967 to 2005.

In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the Six-Day War with Arab countries. Under Israeli occupation, Egypt continued to control part of the strip’s southern section until 1982 when it relinquished its hold on this territory.  

That being said, Gaza did not in fact become an organized and fairly independent territory until the year 1993, during the Oslo accords wherein Israel and the “Palestinian State” had come to a major face-to-face agreement on their future amicable relations which, incidentally, involved pulling the Israel Defense forces from the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

That being said, much of Gaza history involves being taken over by different territories that desire a measure of power – one may even argue that almost the entire history of the Gaza Strip had little to do with culture and more to do with military politics (despite some claims that military politics are, in fact, culturally-triggered). While depressing to think about, Gaza history is one that is undoubtedly riddled with instability and it seems that the trend will last for a while yet.

In this section of the site, we will be posting articles that discuss the different eras, conflicts and invasions that have been plaguing the Gaza Strip since time immemorial.