imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Rebuilding Gaza

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM


Rebuilding Gaza

by Stephen Lendman

It's a Herculean task. With no assurance Israel won't destroy it again at its discretion. For duplicitous reasons. Or none at all.

Billions of dollars are needed. Experts believe around billion.

Perhaps more once the enormity of what's needed is fully understood. Longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Abbas seeks billion.

It's woefully inadequate. No one's sure how much is needed until more detailed assessments are made.

In early September, the Palestinian Economic Council for Reconstruction and Development estimated .8 billion to rebuild.

It said doing so would take "five years if Israel removed its blockade over Gaza entirely." Other reconstruction experts estimate a decade or longer.

At least 20,000 homes are uninhabitable. Around 60,000 were damaged. Most extensively. Entire communities were leveled.

Schools, hospitals, mosques, commercial areas, factories, power facilities and vital infrastructure were heavily damaged or destroyed.

Labor Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla said "(i)n 15 to 20 years, construction will be done if 100 trucks (with construction materials) enter Kerem Shalom (crossing) daily."

"This is unacceptable and irrational. We demand that Ban Ki-moon and international organizations play their role in rebuilding Gaza in" the shortest period of time possible.

Practically nothing has been done so far. Gaza remains in ruins. Israel's blockade continues. Despite promises made to ease it. Humanitarian crisis conditions persist.

Israel bears full responsibility for enormous loss of life.

Extreme human suffering. Extensive damage and destruction. It begs the question.

Why aren't world leaders demanding it pay all costs for carnage it caused? Why were donor nations sought?

Why when they had nothing to do with Israel's war of aggression? Its third one since December/January 2008-09.

Why aren't culpable Israeli military and political officials held accountable for high crimes against peace?

Why aren't they in the dock being prosecuted? At the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel as a nation state at the International Court of Justice(ICJ). For its longstanding genocidal crimes. From 1947-48 to the present.

Why is justice denied? Why aren't measures with teeth in place to prevent more Israeli aggression ahead? It's certain if not prevented in advance.

What's past is prologue. Israeli aggression repeats with disturbing regularity. At its discretion. For any reasons or none at all.

Blaming its crimes on Palestinian victims. Getting away with mass murder and destruction. With Western and regional support.

On Saturday, Egypt's Foreign Ministry announced Donor Conference information on rebuilding Gaza.

It was ongoing Sunday in Cairo. Co-hosted by Egypt, Palestine and Norway. Israel was notably absent.

It aimed "to raise funds needed to rebuild the war-battered Gaza Strip," Egypt's Foreign Ministry said.

Its junta leader General/illegitimate president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi opened proceedings saying:

Reconstruction depends on "permanent (Israeli/Hamas) calm." It requires "full (PA) authority" led by longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

El-Sissi "call(ed) on the Israeli people and the government (to) end conflict…so that prosperity prevails." None ever exists in Gaza. For sure not now. Nor any time soon.

El-Sissi urged working for "peace and security." How can there be with Gaza squeezed repressively between Egypt and Israel.

"We should turn this moment into a real starting point to achieve a peace that secures stability and flourishing and renders the dream of coexistence a reality, and this is the vision of the Arab peace initiative," el-Sissi added.

He deplores what he claims to stand for. His Foreign Ministry stressed connecting political and economic support pledged to consolidating ceasefire conditions. To rebuild Gaza as soon as possible.

It called for implementing Security Council Resolution 1,860 (January 8, 2009). It mandates "full withdrawal of Israeli forces," as well as "unimpeded humanitarian assistance" for Gazan victims.

Israel violated it straightaway. It spurns UN resolutions at its discretion. It does so unaccountably.

It breaches core international humanitarian and human rights laws with impunity. Business as usual continues. Expect nothing different this time.

Throughout weeks of conflict, Abbas remained largely silent. He did practically nothing to help.

He works collaboratively with Israel. Against his own people. He doesn't give a damn about their suffering. Claiming otherwise doesn't wash.

His donor conference comments were pathetic. Disingenuous. Duplicitous. Big Lies, saying:

Gazans "are in our hearts. We will work relentlessly to undo the injustice that befell you and end the suffering that you've been experiencing for years."

"We will heal your wounds that are deeply entrenched in our souls. We will rebuild the Gaza Strip, relying on God first, then on the determination of our people."

We will also rely on resources and capacities available to us and on the assistance and support of our brothers and friends from around the world, who we trust will not disappoint you in supporting our economy and improving its lot and who will also support you in reclaiming a dignified life in your homeland and in lifting you out of this disastrous situation caused by this unjust war."

"Your plight has touched and shaken the world's conscience." For sure not his.

Or other rogue Fatah officials. In league with Israel for benefits they derive. At the expense of their own people.

When push comes to shove, expect world leaders turning a blind eye. Expect them condoning Israeli lawlessness. Expect nothing done to curb it.

Or hold culpable military and political officials accountable. Or assure justice for long-suffering Palestinians. Delaying it denies it entirely.

Around 50 countries showed up in Cairo. Ban Ki-moon and John Kerry came. So did 30 other foreign ministers, as well as various international monetary and humanitarian organizations.

World Bank and IMF dirty hands are involved. Their funding comes with strings. Intolerable ones.

What no responsible officials from recipient nations should accept. Mandates doing more harm than good.

It remains to be seen what follows. Hold the cheers. Pledges are worthless without follow-through. Or if funds don't help Gazans directly.

Often they're for business interests. For economic exploitation and profit. Instead of where they're badly needed. In amounts enough to make a difference. Delivered as soon as possible.

It remains to be seen what happens this time. If past is prologue, expect Gazan suffering to continue.

Expect them left largely on their own. Expect aid where it's most needed to be diverted elsewhere. Expect longstanding business as usual.

According to Hamas' senior political leader Ismael Haniyah, Gaza got no reconstruction aid after Israel's two previous wars. Despite pledges made to contribute.

He urged "money this time…flood(ing) (in) to start (restoring) what (Israel) destroyed."

"We are not beggars, but our people presented sacrifices and it is the international community's responsibility to build up what the occupation destroyed during its inhuman war on Gaza," he stressed.

On Sunday, Maan News headlined "Millions in aid pledges promised for Gaza rebuilding." A later in the day follow-up account said .4 billion.

It bears repeating. Hold the cheers. Donations may not match pledges. Tinderbox conditions remain.

Qatar pledged billion. Kuwait, UAE and Turkey 0 million each. Germany million. France million. Britain million.

Euroland overall 7 million. Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said .4 billion was promised. How much turns into hard cash for what purposes remains to be seen.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke with tongue in cheek saying "(w)e can't allow people in Gaza to sink into despair."

Washington pledged a pathetic 2 million. More on this below. Pentagon waste, fraud, abuse and grand theft spills multiples this amount regularly.

Kerry should have been embarrassed to show up. Israel gets virtually unlimited amounts. Washington funds its killing machine.

Both countries partner in crime. It's longstanding joint policy. One fascist regime supports another.

Horrendous genocidal high crimes persist. Peace is pure fantasy. It's a convenient illusion. Both countries wage wars of aggression.

Against nations posing them no threats. Shocking abuses repeat. Millions of corpses attest to outrageous brutality without end.

Kerry disgraces the office he holds. On Sunday, he addressed the donor's conference. He shamelessly blamed Hamas for Israeli crimes.

He lied saying it "fire(s) rockets on Israeli civilians at any time…

Gazans "need our help desperately," he said.

Washington partners in all Israeli wars. Kerry didn't explain. Or that America funds its killing machine generously.

"I am proud, personally, that the people of the United States have been working to do their part," Kerry said.

"We provided 8 million in immediate humanitarian assistance at the time of the crisis, at its height, and the million that we also provided to UNRWA for operations."

"Today, I'm pleased to announce an additional immediate 2 million in assistance to the Palestinian people…"

It bears repeating. Pentagon waste, fraud, abuse and grand theft exceed multiples these amounts regularly.

Not for bettering peoples' lives. For destroying them mercilessly.

Ravaging one country after another. Stealing their resources.

Plundering them for profit. Exploiting their people. Dominating them for unchallenged control.

Doing it unapologetically. Never admitting fault. Mindless of rule of law principles. Trashing democratic values.

Shifting from one targeted country to another. Waging multiple direct and proxy wars.

It bears repeating. Supporting Israel's worst crimes. Funding its killing machine. Harming Palestinians horrifically. America's blood money is unwelcome.

Gaza remains in rubble. Shattered families won't ever regain normality. Washington shares responsibility with Israel.

Shamelessly claiming its wars of aggression are for security. Saying so belies reality. So does fabricating support for peace.

Washington and Israel deplore it. They go all-out to prevent it. Wars serve their agenda. For wealth, power and privilege. For unchallenged dominance.

Washington's commitment is meaningless. It's involved for its own benefit. It doesn't give a damn about Palestinian suffering.

Horrendous humanitarian needs. Ones certain to fall short of alleviating.

Peace when it's most needed. Don't expect Kerry to explain. Or other conference participants in league with Israel.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy