Editor: There is much in the news these days about the bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. I thought it might be of interest to compare Prince Edward Island to the Gaza Strip since both of them are islands. Prince Edward Island is separated from the rest of the world by water, the Gaza Strip is separated from the rest of the world by water on one side and a separation fence and a 300-metre-wide no man’s land inside the fence on the other sides.
Access to the Gaza strip, is controlled by Israel on thee sides and by Egypt on one side. The people in Gaza are unable to leave the area of conflict. The Gaza Strip has an area of 360 square kilometres and a population of 1.82 million. This compares to Prince Edward Island’s area of 5,660 square kilometres and population of 145,000. P.E.I. is more than 15 times the area of the Gaza. On two days, July 7 and 8, Israeli military dropped 400 tonnes of bombs and missiles on the Gaza Strip (Mid East Monitor).