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déjà vu - israel does it again, at a cost of $50m
It will take at least $50m to rebuild Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli offensive and a devastating artillery strike there, said Palestinian foreign minister Mahmud Zahar on Sunday.
Sound familiar? It should.
israel targetted Beit Hanoun just four months ago, destroying a bridge that they had previously destroyed three years before that.
Beit Hanoun's veteran bridge builder shrugged off his latest misfortune: the Israelis destroyed the main span into town three years ago.
The European Union rebuilt it. And overnight the Israelis destroyed it again.
"I'm sad but what can I do," said Wagih Elbity, the city's 59-year-old civil engineer, after an air strike jolted him out of bed on Tuesday morning and turned another of his beloved concrete bridges into a steaming mound of rubble and sewage.
Why not? israelis never foot the bill . . .
Swedish, British and other envoys have stepped up pressure on Israel in recent days. Even the United States, Israel's staunchest ally, is complaining about strikes against bridges and power stations, some built with U.S. taxpayer money.
Since the bombing began on June 28, two of the largest donors to the Palestinians -- the European Union and Japan -- have seen several large projects destroyed or damaged.
The Japanese government just launched a $19 million programme to rehabilitate and widen Gaza's Salahudeen Road, badly damaged by previous Israeli raids, when the Israelis bombed it again.
Not even Washington has been spared. Gaza's main power plant, bombed on the first night of the offensive, was insured for up to $48 million by an arm of the U.S. government.
By now, it should painfully obvious for anyone with even a partially functioning brain, that - second only to the US - israel is the most destructive force on earth.
When will the world put a stop to this madness?