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The Gaza reconstruction game

A Palestinian man looks out of his heavily damaged house at neighbouring houses which witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza

By: Maureen Clare Murphy

Sourceelectronicintifada.net

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.

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EU source: Gaza reconstruction aid is ‘made in Israel’

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A Palestinian school damaged during Operation Protective Edge. 7 August, Gaza City. [Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr]
Source: euractiv.com

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.

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Gazans return to flattened homes (Video)

info-pictogram1 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.