“This is profound, unnecessary, unemployment”

Gisha Executive Director Adv. Sari Bashi was interviewed about the building material shortage in Gaza on “Ma Boer”, a popular radio news show hosted by Razi Barkai.

February 6, 2014. “Until the summer, most construction materials entered (the Gaza Strip) through the tunnels. We are talking about 7,000 truckloads of cement, gravel and steel, from both Israel and Egypt. Now there are only a few hundred truckloads coming in”, said Bashi. “The impact is immense. So far, 20,000 out of 70,000 people employed in the construction sector have lost their jobs. Israel is obligated to ensure its citizens’ safety, but the decision to deny the entry of construction materials to the private sector is disproportionate. The defense minister has already declared that economic prosperity in Gaza is an Israeli security interest. If this is the case, the immense harm caused to tens of thousands of Gaza families outweighs any security benefit that might be gained”. “This is profound, unnecessary unemployment”, Bashi added.

To listen to the full interview (Hebrew) click here.