January 27, 2014. Yesterday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon authorized the transfer of 1,000 tons of cement to the Gaza Strip, reportedly in order to repair damage to homes during last month’s big storm.
According to Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Gaza contractors say the amount that has been authorized is a “drop in the bucket” and that blocking construction materials from entering Gaza is collective punishment. The article includes the story of Hassan Shanino, 24, from the al-Bureij refugee camp, who has been looking for a ton of cement for months so that he can finish tiling the apartment he built.
Meanwhile, in an interview for TLV1 radio station, Amir Rotem, director of the public department at Gisha, said that housing is a basic humanitarian need, just like food, adding there is a shortage of 75,000 housing units in Gaza.