The Israeli assault has caused $150 million damage to Gaza food industry

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli offensive on Gaza has caused “huge losses” for the already-struggling food industry in the coastal enclave, a national industry association said . . . [last week].

A delegation of the Palestinian Food Industries Union that visited factories that sustained damage in the month-long military assault estimated that around $150 million worth of damage had been caused, with many factories completely or partially destroyed.

Union head Taysir al-Safadi told Ma’an that during the assault, “the industrial sector of the Gaza Strip was directly targeted.”

“The biggest factories of the Strip — which provided 70 percent of the local market’s needs — were destroyed.”

Al-Safadi said that “Israel deliberately targeted the infrastructure of the national economy in order to turn us into a consuming society instead of a productive one.”

“They want to increase unemployment and destroy job opportunities,” he added, noting that 12,000 employees worked in the factories that had been hit.

Al-Safadi added that the damaged and destroyed factories will need over a year to be re-built, increasing unemployment for the foreseeable future.

The difficulties of reconstruction could be compounded by Israel’s continued enforcement of the eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has severely limited imports and exports and led to a near collapse of the Gazan economy.

The blockade has led to 40 percent unemployment and created a society in which the vast majority are aid dependent, as productive economic facilities have closed due to inability to import basic necessities for work or for repair.

The delegation showed Ma’an a list of the damaged factories that they had visited:

1. Al-Awdah Factories Company, 50 percent damage.
2. Matahen al-Salam Company, 30 percent damage.
3. Iyad Ghabboun Company, 100 percent damage.
4. Issam Abu Taha Company, 80 percent damage.
5. Al-Aris Factories Company, 50 percent damage.
6. Pioneer Company, 100 percent damage.
7. Dalloul Dairy Factories, 100 percent damage.
8. Abu Aita Dairy Factory, 30% damage.
9. Al-Nakhla Company, 100 percent damage.
10. Matahen al-Fayhaa Company, 50 percent damage.
11. Line Food Company, 90 percent damage.
12. Al-Amir Factory, 50 percent damage.
13. Sarayo Wadiya Factory, 100 percent damage.
14. Al-Madina Company, 100 percent damage.
15. Palestine Food Industries Company, 80 percent damage.
16. Abu Ajwa Company, 100 percent damage.
17. Tawabel al-Sultan Company, 100 percent damage.

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One response

  1. Eventually, Israel’s orgy of death and destruction will decrease to a slow boil, with Gaza being left an uninhabitable hell-scape where:

    – Most of the energy infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed.

    – Most of the water infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed.

    – Most of the sanitation infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed.

    – Large amounts of the housing infrastructure is severely damaged or destroyed.

    – Most of the medical infrastructure is unusable, severely damaged or destroyed.

    – As the article noted, most of the local manufacturing infrastructure is unusable, severely damaged or destroyed.

    In other words, all of the “stuff” needed for humans to survive will be missing

    Added to this mix is the well documented problem that when humans are highly stressed emotionally and physically, disease increases dramatically. Very quickly, Israel could have a massive disease problem just a few kilometers away. While it would be a PR nightmare for Israel, it would also be a massive public health problem for Israelis themselves because it might not take much for the disease to jump into Israel, no matter how “tight” the borders are (carrier rodents don’t care about border fences).

    So what happens next?

    To make Gaza even minimally habitable, will require massive amounts of money, material, engineering resources, labor and TIME.

    – Given the past performance, it is very unlikely that there will be any real cash available to rebuild Gaza. Sure, there will be lots of verbal pledges, but in the REAL WORLD, very few will actually deliver. The Saudis are particularly mean this way.

    – Even if some cash can be found, without an independent entry point not controlled by Israel or Egypt, very little of the necessary material will actually be delivered. The US has no political will to force Israel and Egypt neither to let the materials through nor to force open an independent port.

    The bottom line is Gaza is a hell-scape with no future because of Israeli desire to keep it a hell-scape.

    My challenge to Dr. Cole and his readers is given the reality, what should be done?

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