International donors have pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza after Israel’s 50-day assault last summer that killed 2,254 Palestinians, including 538 children, and caused widespread destruction.
About 45% of the aid pledged by international donors will benefit the Israeli economy. Some studies calculate this figure to be as high as 71%. Israeli companies see Israel’s siege of Gaza a profit making opportunity, exploiting Gaza’s captive market.
The companies that are set to rake in profits providing materials for the reconstruction of Gaza are corporate criminals. They pillage Palestinian natural resources and participate in the construction of illegal settlements:
- Nesher, an Israeli cement monopoly, supplies cement to the apartheid wall, checkpoints and settlements.
- ReadyMix runs plants in various settlements, including the Ariel and Mishor Edomim industrial zones.
- Hanson Israel, which manufactures ready-made cement and asphalt, operates four plants in West Bank settlements and is involved in illegal quarrying.
UN bodies have repeatedly ignored demands from Palestinian civil society to stop rewarding corporations for their war crimes against Palestinians.
It is time they feel the extent of public outcry as details emerge of the UN’s complicity in keeping Gaza under siege and the ways in which Israeli companies will profit from the reconstruction of Gaza.
Take action now and send a message to key UN officials urging them to stop Israel from profiting from Gaza’s destruction and to adopt a procurement policy that exclude corporate criminals from tenders for Gaza reconstruction.