Last Friday marked the second anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military siege on Gaza. The benign-sounding offensive caused catastrophic carnage - killing more than 2,100 Palestinians. It destroyed schools, hospitals, places of worship, and damaged half a million homes.
Two years after the 50-day war, not much has changed. Reconstruction is painfully slow. Only 10 percent of the 11,000 fully destroyed homes have been rebuilt. World leaders pledged $3.5 BIL towards reconstruction, now thwarted by Israeli restrictions on critical building materials entering Gaza. A coalition of top-tier NGOs urged Israel to lift its blockade of the impoverished ‘Strip’, an unsuccessful pitch.
Gaza remains on its knees. Help wanted. Everyone need apply.