Posts Tagged ‘structural destruction’

The ruins of Gaza

June 22, 2009

Laura Durkay describes what she witnessed as part of a Code Pink delegation that visited Gaza earlier in June.

Socialist Worker, June 22, 2009

The American School in Gaza was destroyed during Israel's onslaught (Laura Durkay | SW)The American School in Gaza was destroyed during Israel’s onslaught (Laura Durkay | SW)

“PEOPLE ARE being kept alive.” It was one of the first things that John Ging, the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza told us.

It’s a pretty accurate description of the conditions in Gaza, four months after the end of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, which left 1,400 dead, over 5,000 wounded and at least 40,000 homeless. People are being kept alive–and that’s about all.

Four months after the ceasefire, not a brick has been rebuilt in Gaza. Thousands of buildings–from the Palestinian parliament building (heavily damaged) and presidential residence (obliterated), to the Islamic University, the American School, Al Quds Hospital (hit with white phosphorus) and thousands of homes, shops, factories and police stations–stand exactly as they were on January 18, the last day of the war.

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