“It took a year until they agreed on a formula”

Caption: “Part of a self-perpetuating cycle”, Salah Mohsen on London and Kirschenbaum. Photo: Shai Grunberg

Caption: “Part of a self-perpetuating cycle”, Salah Mohsen on London and Kirschenbaum. Photo: Shai Grunberg

February 3, 2016. Salah Mohsen, Gisha’s research department director was interviewed yesterday (Hebrew) on Israeli Channel 10 news show London and Kirschenbaum about the situation in Gaza. “It’s been almost a year and a half since the fighting ended in the summer of 2014”, Mohsen said “and the situation is Gaza is far from being on the way to rehabilitation”.

“Very little of all this [donation pledges] has actually come in”, he added, “Donations to Gaza are still not something that allows for full reconstruction, but it’s part of a self-perpetuating cycle: Israel, almost a year after the fighting, refused to allow construction materials to enter in the required quantities. It took a year until they agreed on a formula for calculating the quantities that are needed [to re-build a house]. A year later, the donor countries see that there’s no guarantee that their donations will actually help build residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, and said they wouldn’t pay so long as they have no way of knowing”.

“Today we got an e-mail from a 24-year-old man saying ‘I’m 24 years old and still haven’t managed to start my life’”, Mohsen said, “I don’t meet any of Israel’s criteria for travel from Gaza and I’m asking you for whatever help you can give me to get out of this place”.

For the full interview (Hebrew) (starts at 11:20)