Article by Aljazeera about lack of reconstruction following Israel’s massive attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014: Of the 18,000 homes that were totally destroyed by bombing, just 3,000 have been rebuilt. 75,000 people remain displaced, according to the UN.
The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism, set up by the UN, requires Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works to have requests for cement approved by Israel, by the Palestinian Authority, and by the UN Development Programme. Cement vendors can order no more than 1,000 tonnes at a time. An Israeli company called Nesher has a monopoly in this market and has earned tens of millions of dollars from the inadequate and pitifully slow reconstruction efforts in aza.