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Israel Stops Wealthy Palestinian Mediator Masri From Gaza Entry
Israel Stops Wealthy Palestinian Mediator Masri From Gaza Entry
Munib Masri, head of PADECO, the Palestine Development and Investment Company
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By Jonathan Ferziger and David Wainer

Bloomberg Businessweek - News Israeli border guards barred Munib R. Masri, one of the wealthiest Palestinians, from entering the Gaza Strip after he helped broker the unity agreement aimed at healing the Palestinian Authority’s rift with Hamas.

Masri, chairman of Palestine Development & Investment Co., said he was blocked from entering Gaza by military order after waiting more than two hours at an Israeli crossing point. A spokesman for Israel’s Civil Administration, which runs the heavily guarded facility, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment by phone, e-mail and text message.

“It’s the first time this happened to me,” said Masri, 80, who said he has been shuttling between Gaza and the West Bank for seven years, trying to bridge the hostile conflict between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas leaders who were ruling Gaza. 

ALRAY contributed

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