“The cement for the tunnel likely came from Egypt”

October 17, 2013. Sari Bashi, executive director of Gisha, was interviewed by ThinkProgress about the tunnel constructed from Gaza to Israel.

“From 2007 to 2010, Israel allowed small quantities of cement to enter for international organizations only,” said Sari Bashi, executive director of Gisha, an Israeli NGO that monitors Gaza. In 2010, Israel “increased the amount of cement it permitted for international organizations only, which are required to undergo a nine-month approval process, including very onerous bureaucratic requirements purportedly designed to prevent diversion of the materials. It is unlikely that materials purchased by the United Nations –- very carefully monitored by Israel –- made it out of UN hands.”

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