By: Yvonne Ridley
Coca-Cola is building a factory in Gaza, but before you applaud such an investment in an area where the economy is shattered and unemployment ranks among the highest in the world, let’s examine the deal more closely. Who will actually benefit from this? It’s a rhetorical question really, because the Palestinians living there will be the long-term losers while the neighbouring State of Israel will count the shekels rolling in.
The first of the materials to build the factory came via Israel with a convoy of 10 trucks carrying assembly line machines through the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal; from there the lorries were processed by the Israeli military into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing last week. This, in itself, is amazing, since only 130,000 tons of construction materials have been allowed into Gaza since the latest Israeli blitz; five million tons are needed to try to rebuild the factories bombed to destruction by Israel in its last two wars against the civilians of Gaza.
Thousands of families are still without homes in the depths of a Gaza winter and some of the dead are still buried under the tons of rubble where tower blocks stood before the Israeli military destroyed them. Despite international promises of humanitarian aid and a massive rebuilding programme nothing of any substance has happened because of the ongoing siege of the territory led by Israel and Egypt.
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The new school year will be delayed indefinitely in Gaza, as more than 380,000 Palestinians remain displaced.
Shujayea, Gaza City – Ahmed al-Arqan, 54, sits under the roof of what used to be his family’s home: The three-story house, where he and his five brothers lived with their families in the eastern Shujayea neighbourhood of Gaza City, was almost entirely destroyed by an Israeli missile shot from an F16 warplane.
A math teacher, al-Arqan was meant to return to school in less than a week. But as violence has resumed in Gaza after the breakdown of ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, the school year has been postponed indefinitely in the besieged Palestinian territory.
“Teachers and students need at least three weeks before returning to school,” al-Arqan told Al Jazeera. “The authorities should also remove some parts of the curriculum to make it lighter for the children.”
Palestinians on the strip are struggling to feed themselves. With severe restrictions on imports to the territory many turn to what little land there is to grow crops. But as Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports farmers are risking their lives to feed their families.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Israel urgently needs more financial aid from the United States for its offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
On Monday afternoon, Reid, a member of the Democratic Party, warned that the Obama administration’s $225 million request to aid Israel during its current war may not be enough, as the Zionist regime continues to massacre Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel has been relentlessly pounding the besieged territory for 21 days. More than 1,050 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded, including women and children. In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters have fired rockets into Israel.
The Israeli military is now threatening to escalate its war on the coastal enclave by warning Palestinians in areas around the Gaza City to leave their homes.
Translated by: Soufyan Bouharat
The Red Cross of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs received half a million euros to help the residents of the Gaza Strip. The Dutch Red Cross adds from its own funds 30,000 euro, the charity said last Friday (25 july). The money will be used for the purchase of medicines and medical equipment for hospitals and social workers in the Palestinian territory and Israel. Also will the money be used for household items and to repair ambulances.