Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 22:00:11
Egypt's interm foreign minister Nabil al-Arabi made the announcement with an interview with Al Jazeera on April 29th.
In a recent op-ed, human rights attorney Noura Erakat wrote of the effect the Israeli blockade has had on Gazans, and the role of Mubarak's government in imposing the siege.
Israeli filmmaker Yoni Goodman made a short animated film with Gisha, an Israeli human rights group, after the 2008-2009 Gaza War.
Some of the reactions to the announcement were deeply personal. Upon hearing the news of the opening, Palestinian blogger Sami Kishawi wrote a post titled "Memoirs of a closed Rafah crossing" on his blog Sixteen Minutes to Palestine.
In the post, Sami details an experience his family had crossing the border in 2004.
Journalist Jazzmin Jiwa has a report on the difficulties that many still face trying to reach Gaza through the Rafah Crossing, despite Egypt's announcement.
Trade not aid?
While many have pointed to the possibility for more foreign aid to flow into Gaza with the Rafah border opening, Palestinian blogger Jehan Alfarra writes of the need for international trade into the territory.
Others criticized the plan. Quoting an unnamed Israeli government source, the Jerusalem Post raised the issue of Israel's security concerns.
May 15th March
On Sunday May 15th, activists are planning to march from Cairo to Gaza to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, referred to as the Nakba (or catastrophe) by Palestinians.
Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm has more on the planned March:
Though there are many different versions, one Facebook group calling for the third Palestinian Intifada on May 15th currently counts almost 26,000 likes.
Some activists are even planning to march to Gaza sooner than May 15th.
Wednesday: What would you like to ask "Humans of New York" photographer Brandon Stanton?
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