Tagged: Rebuilding

Little Evidence of Reconstruction Visible in One of Gaza’s Most Damaged Neighborhoods Photo Essays
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Little Evidence of Reconstruction Visible in One of Gaza’s Most Damaged Neighborhoods

Shojae'a, which is one of the largest neighborhoods in Gaza, was also one of the most intensely bombed during Israel’s summer offensive. Before the attacks, more than 250,000 Palestinians lived there. Now, months later, few voices can be heard in the streets. Some of those whose properties were partly destroyed in Israel's bombings returned to live in what remained of their homes.

on January 20, 2015
No Exit in Gaza News Roundup
Jen Marlowe, The Nation/TomDispatch

No Exit in Gaza

For the last six years, one Palestinian family has found itself trapped in a cycle of destruction and reconstruction due to the Israeli military.

on December 8, 2014
Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cement News Roundup
Mohammed Othman, Al-Monitor

Gaza engineer develops new technology to replace cement

Salameh Bihar, 56, who was displaced after Israel destroyed his house in Gaza's Shajaiya neighborhood in the recent war, is still waiting to rebuild his three-story house. But he is not optimistic about succeeding. He explained to Al-Monitor that materials are expensive and difficult to obtain.

on December 4, 2014
Desperate for cement and bulldozers, Gazans face winter in ruins News Roundup
Nidal al-Mughrabi & Luke Baker, Reuters

Desperate for cement and bulldozers, Gazans face winter in ruins

Three months after the war in Gaza, Sadeeqa Naseer still lives in a bomb site. Air strikes turned the two upper floors of her three-storey apartment building in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun into a rubble-strewn ruin. Thirty-five people shelter on the ground floor, where holes blasted in the wall by tank shells have been covered over only by plastic sheeting that does little to keep out the cold wind and driving rain of the fast-approaching winter.

on December 1, 2014
In face of siege, displaced Gazan uses local resources to build home News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

In face of siege, displaced Gazan uses local resources to build home

Rather than waiting for construction material to be allowed into the Strip, a displaced Palestinian man from Jabaliya in northern Gaza has recently built a house using limestone and sand. Mishref al-Irr lost his home when Israeli bombs destroyed it in Operation Cast Lead. He has not had the opportunity to have it rebuilt due to the Israeli siege on Gaza, which severely limits imports of construction material into the territory.

on November 22, 2014
Washington Stresses Need that Israel Contribute to Gaza Reconstruction News Roundup
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Washington Stresses Need that Israel Contribute to Gaza Reconstruction

State Department stressed Thursday that Israel has to contribute to Gaza reconstruction following the devastating Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave. Addressing reporters in her daily press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated: “We do think that Israel will need to play a role in Gaza reconstruction."

on October 9, 2014
Watch: Gaza artists respond to Israel’s war News Roundup
Linda Paganelli, The Electronic Intifada

Watch: Gaza artists respond to Israel’s war

Israel’s bombing in Gaza this summer killed 2,131 Palestinians and destroyed or severely damaged 18,000 housing units, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA. Artists’ responses to war can give direct, personal testimony to historic events. Mohammed Al Hawajri, Raed Issa and Dina Matar, members of a group for contemporary art in the Gaza Strip called Eltiqa, reflect on life in time of war.

on September 29, 2014
UN wants international monitors to oversee reconstruction work in Gaza News Roundup
Barak Ravid, Haaretz

UN wants international monitors to oversee reconstruction work in Gaza

The United Nations’ top Mideast envoy, Robert Serry, wants to station hundreds of international monitors in the Gaza Strip, Haaretz has learned from European diplomats and senior Israeli officials.

on September 22, 2014
U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction News Roundup
Michelle Nichols & Jeffrey Heller, Reuters

U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a stop-gap deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday. The agreement, announced to the Security Council, could help curb Palestinian economic deterioration and shore up U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas's standing in Gaza, which since 2007 has been controlled by Hamas Islamists shunned by the West.

on September 16, 2014
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