Because my Israeli Government Press Office [GPO] has not been renewed [wrongly, I am claiming] since 2010,
I have been unable to travel to Gaza the way all accredited journalists here can travel, via Israel’s Erez crossing, or “terminal”.
Therefore, I have only read about the relatively new phenomena of Hamas press cards.
I first saw one in Bethlehem on Thursday night: a journalist colleague + friend showed me her one-year Hamas press card [issued, as de rigeur, after a first temporary Hamas press card valid for a couple of months].
It was issued by the Hamas-run Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Gaza.
One of the most striking things about it: it includes a one-year residence permit, in Gaza…