The Gaza strip, blockaded by sea and land, is barely breathing 8 months after the Israeli onslaught. Operation “Protective Edge” killed 2300 people, including more than 500 children, and destroyed infrastructure like electric plants, civilians houses, schools and even hospitals.
A report, called Charting a New Course: Overcoming the stalemate in Gaza and signed by 46 international nongovernmental organizations working in Palestine, condemns Israel failure of lifting the blockade. Gaza have been effectively blockaded by Israel since 2007.
The reports adds that “Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off and not a single one of the 19,000 destroyed homes has been rebuilt. 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools”
Israel has violated the so called ceasefire four hundreds of times when only 4 rockets have been fired into Israel in retaliation.
Omar, a Palestinian living in Gaza, tweeted a shocking reminder.
To those who have lost interest about Gaza because the war ended months ago, I say this:
Gaza is worse off now than it was during the war.
— عمر فلسطين (@WeTeachLifeSir_) April 14, 2015
Foreign Policy, in a frightening report, presented the dreadful conditions in Gaza.
Electricity is scarce: Most Gaza residents are surviving on just three to six hours of power a day. The water in the taps is salty, because seawater from the Mediterranean has infiltrated the sole coastal aquifer — according to the AIDA report, 95 percent of the territory’s water supply is unfit for human consumption. And because the sewage plants aren’t functioning properly, thousands of cubic meters of waste are openly flowing onto the beaches.
“Gaza was under bombs, now it’s under rubble” “Nothing has changed, as the time has stopped in Gaza in this wasteland”, reports Shaima Ziara from Gaza. Watch the alarming report below.
Foreign Policy adds that the damage is not only material but psychological.
Over 400,000 children — who are sufferingthe cumulative effects of multiple wars — are thought to have severe shellshock, and many of them are heavily medicated.
During last winter, 5 children died of cold due to the disastrous infrastructure and the subsequent absence of heating systems.
Israel has bombed and destroyed Gaza three times in six years.
Israel today remembers the Holocaust, while the Knesset and the Israel government are slowly killing Palestinians in a modern Warsaw Ghetto.
Despite all of Israel’s flagrant human rights violations and crimes, it condemned the decision of the International criminal court (ICC) to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians. The United States of America, main ally of Israel, also condemned the decision by calling it “a tragic Irony”.