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Gaza…”after” the war

August 3, 2009
6 months after Operation Cast Lead, Gaza is still rubble.  Because of the extreme Israeli blockade on the territory, no building supplies are allowed in–so Gazans cannot rebuild their homes or schools. 
The amount of Humanitarian aid that is allowed in by the Israelis is also extremely inadequate–over half of Gaza reliant on aid for food and other basic supplies.
Most of Gazas infrastructure was destroyed in the war–the most important of which was the water and sanitation infrastructure.  Now there is no functioning sewage treatment facilities…leading to sewage lagoons and to sewage being dumped into the sea because there is no where else for it to go.
Clean water is also hard to find.
The blockade is keeping Gaza from rebuilding, and severely impacting the populations ability to survive.  Gazans are trapped in the territory and not allowed to leave.  But Israel also leaves them without even the most basic of supplies- food, water, gas for cooking, etc…
Children return to school in Gaza, but not all of them.  The cards read "martyr" and the childs name who was killed.  1/3 of those killed in Operation Cast Lead were children

Children return to school in Gaza, but not all of them. The cards read "martyr" and the childs name who was killed. 1/3 of those killed in Operation Cast Lead were children

 

Rajeh is an unemployed Gazan living in the south.  He collects firewood for cooking because even if there was gas available in the market he could not afford to buy it.

Rajeh is an unemployed Gazan living in the south. He collects firewood for cooking because even if there was gas available in the market he could not afford to buy it.

Many children in Gaza have anemia due to iron deficiency, there is also a big problem with growth stunting in young children because they do not get enough nutritious food.  This baby is nine months old and his mother's milk has dried up, and the family cannot afford formula.

Many children in Gaza have anemia due to iron deficiency, there is also a big problem with growth stunting in young children because they do not get enough nutritious food. This baby is nine months old and his mother's milk has dried up, and the family cannot afford formula.

 

Finding clean water is difficult now that Operation Cast Lead destroyed Gaza's already limited water sanitation infrastructure

Finding clean water is difficult now that Operation Cast Lead destroyed Gaza's already limited water sanitation infrastructure

 

Salama, 65, uses his father's old farm tools to clear his fields, after they were destroyed during the war

Salama, 65, uses his father's old farm tools to clear his fields, after they were destroyed during the war

 

Fares al-Dali drinks tea as he sits on a pile of wood and cartons in a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. In the al-Dali family's two-room shack in the Shati refugee camp, 21 people _ half of them relatives who fled the fighting _ take turns sleeping because the family doesn't have enough mattresses. For lack of fuel, they cook on trash fires _ paper and cartons collected in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Fares al-Dali drinks tea as he sits on a pile of wood and cartons in a house in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. In the al-Dali family’s two-room shack in the Shati refugee camp, 21 people _ half of them relatives who fled the fighting _ take turns sleeping because the family doesn’t have enough mattresses. For lack of fuel, they cook on trash fires _ paper and cartons collected in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

 

Salwa al-Dali, 42, displays her empty refrigerator in a house in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. In the al-Dali family's two-room shack in the Shati refugee camp, 21 people _ half of them relatives who fled the fighting _ take turns sleeping because the family doesn't have enough mattresses. For lack of fuel, they cook on trash fires _ paper and cartons collected in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Salwa al-Dali, 42, displays her empty refrigerator in a house in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. In the al-Dali family's two-room shack in the Shati refugee camp, 21 people _ half of them relatives who fled the fighting _ take turns sleeping because the family doesn't have enough mattresses. For lack of fuel, they cook on trash fires _ paper and cartons collected in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

 

6 months after the war, Khalil cannot rebuild his house because of the Israeli blockade on the territory--which means building materials are not allowed in

6 months after the war, Khalil cannot rebuild his house because of the Israeli blockade on the territory--which means building materials are not allowed in

 

Gazan fishermen are allowed to go 3 miles out from the coastline--it used to be 6 miles, but Israel decided to shorten the distance, making it even harder to catch enough fish

Gazan fishermen are allowed to go 3 miles out from the coastline--it used to be 6 miles, but Israel decided to shorten the distance, making it even harder to catch enough fish

 

Trying to survive off of UN aid, selling personal possessions just to get by

Trying to survive off of UN aid, selling personal possessions just to get by

 

The hope for Gaza is in the next generation...lets not let them down

The hope for Gaza is in the next generation...lets not let them down

 

The International Community must do more than “condemn” Israel’s actions.  They must take ACTION in the form of sanctions, divestments, and severing diplomatic ties.

Israel is on its way to breaking every humanitarian law in existance, and no one is doing anything but giving them a slap on the hand.  Israel’s impunity towards the International Community and its laws must be stopped!

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