Gaza is not a natural disaster. It is man-made, the result of deliberate political choices. Chris Gunnes This is the final article in a series, which has analysed how the destructive aspects of reconstruction attempts in Gaza, are part and parcel of much deeper, structural problems in international aid and emblematic of the overall approach of international actors to the Palestinian struggle for justice and liberation.
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The Palestinian economy remains captive to the Israeli market. Sansour and Tartir In the second instalment of this series of articles on the destructive consequences of reconstruction efforts in Gaza, I look at how humanitarian assistance and international aid create and reinforce economic dependence of Palestinians on the Israeli occupier.
“Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told a summit in Egypt cash was “insufficient” without a political solution. Israel, which has been fighting Gaza militants, refuses to allow building materials into Gaza for reconstruction. […] Hamas […] was not invited to attend the one-day conference. […] All but essential supplies are still subject to Israeli blockades at the crossing points into Gaza. Building and raw materials deemed by Israel to be useful …
David Harvey: “I think that the urban question is really becoming a central question today, and the qualities of urban life are moving to the forefront of what contemporary protests are about.” David Harvey visited Diyarbakir and talked with Sardar Saadi about similarities and differences of social struggles around the globe, popular resistance and urbanisation .
“[N]o single issue has been as unifying over the decades for these people than their long intensely felt opposition to the injustice, suffering, and exploitation that the Palestinian people have endured for the past century as a result of the encroachments of the Zionist movement on their lands.” Richard Falk