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One year after Cast Lead: Failing Gaza
One year after the Operation Cast Lead, the citizens of Gaza still have not seen any rebuilding. The international community has betrayed the people of Gaza by failing to back their words with effective actions, states Diakonia and 15 other organisations in the report.
No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses
The international community has betrayed the people of Gaza by failing to back their words with effective action to secure the ending of the Israeli blockade which is preventing reconstruction and recovery.
The Israeli authorities have allowed only 41 truckloads of all construction materials into Gaza since the end of the offensive in mid-January. The task of rebuilding and repairing thousands of homes alone will require thousands of truckloads of building materials. With todays pace of work it will take 500 years for Gaza to recover.
Time for EU to act
The organisations behind the report lists several recommendations to the European Union, the United Nations and the international community:
The EU must commit itself to the explicit aim of ending the blockade of Gaza by taking a strong and unified stance and a renewed international lead on the issue;
The EU and its Member States should use every opportunity with Israel to issue clear, strong and public calls to demand the full and unconditional end of the blockade on Gaza;
The United Nations Security Council should convene a meeting to review the implementation of Resolution 1860 and consider action necessary to ensure the full and sustained opening of the crossings;
The international community should support convening a substantive conference of the signatories of the Fourth Geneva Convention to help ensure respect for the Convention in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in relation to the blockade.