Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gazans Fear Reconstruction "Empty Promise"

Middle East Online, March 3, 2009 - ....On Monday, international donors meeting in Egypt pledged some 4.5 billion dollars to the Palestinians, much of it for the reconstruction of Gaza, but the money will make little difference if Israel does not allow the import of building materials.

Donors have vowed to keep aid out of the hands of democratically elected Hamas. "Everything we hear is empty. I don't think they will rebuild a single house because Israel won't allow it," Dam said. If they don't open the crossings and allow building materials in, then the aid is pointless." Since his home was destroyed, Dam has lived in a rented storage room with his wife, five children, and mother and father. "They destroyed my spice shop too. So I have no house and no work," he said.....

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