By: Maureen Clare Murphy
A donor conference hosted in Cairo last week to raise funds for the reconstruction of war-devastated Gaza has boasted $5.4 billion in pledges from various Western and Arab governments.
Yet Israel is the true beneficiary of this aid money. The self-declared international community has once again footed the reconstruction bill as it arms Israel with the weaponry and ensures it the impunity that only rewards its brutal onslaught on Gaza and essentially guarantees its repetition.
SPECIAL REPORT: A row is brewing over claims that Israel is earning millions of euros from a de facto policy of preventing non-Israeli reconstruction aid from entering the Gaza Strip.
Residents of a town in the southern Gaza strip have returned home to find much of their belongings lying under piles of rubble. Khuzaa was devastated by Israeli bombardment, as the military levelled whole streets and flattened mosques. Hamas is insisting Israel pay the reconstruction costs, as the town’s displaced wait for help. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Khuzaa.