An elderly Palestinian woman stands at the entrance of her house in Gaza City, on June 30, 2009. Six months after Israel's 22-day military operation in Gaza, 1.5 million Palestinians remain trapped in rising poverty, unable to rebuild their lives, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on June 29. The people living there find themselves unable to rebuild their lives and are sliding ever deeper into despair,' a new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
According to UNRWA and the World Bank:
In Gaza, unemployment stands at 40%; three-quarters of a million of Gazans need food aid from UNRWA to survive; no gas or diesel has been allowed in since November 2008 (except for the UN); only half the necessary cooking gas is allowed in.
Among the items Israel continues to not allow in: light bulbs, candles, matches, books, musical instruments, crayons, clothing, shoes, mattresses, sheets, blankets, tea, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and virtually any building materials with which to re-build any of the 22,000 buildings damaged in the the recent war.
As an Israeli, I cannot understand how Israel thinks any of this is good for Israel.