by Orouba Othman, Al-Akhbar English
The file of the reconstruction of Gaza has resulted in crude paradoxes, ones that will bring additional misery throughout the small enclave following the fragile ceasefire agreement. What most breaks the hearts of Gazans is that the same hands that dropped tons of explosives over their heads will shower them with their “charities,” and even benefit as a result. While they have paid the price with their blood, their slaughterers are rewarded by the reconstruction of the Strip, and by spying on them under the cover of the international community.
The Gaza Strip – Now that time has revealed what was hidden, it is clear that the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip will be a lucrative deal for many parties, namely the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is supposed to be moved by the sight of displaced Gazans sleeping in the open. However, it has turned a blind eye to this “rewarding” deal through two investment arms: the Palestinian Investment Fund and the Palestinian Economic Council for Development & Reconstruction (PECDAR). Via these two arms, large amounts of money will be channeled into the pockets of the Israeli company Nesher, which is contracted by the PA for the import of construction materials, particularly cement, while the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) gets a slice of the cake. Continue reading The Gaza ‘Pillage’ Troika: Israel, the PA, and UNRWA