Holy Land Church leader dismayed as crisis deepens
In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Fouad Twal, stressed the disastrous impact of Israel’s ban on the supply of cement, glass, iron and other building materials. He quoted statistics from Isreali reports that 22,000 buildings were destroyed at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion.
Patriarch Twal said, “Up till now, the Israeli authorities are still not allowing construction materials to enter Gaza and thus it is useless to talk about construction. The impact of this on the people is terrible. They are so tired. They just want to live in peace. Besides all the frustration they feel, they have no confidence in anybody.”
The Patriarch went on to warn that the ban on construction materials would feed extremism and cause more people to support Hamas, the powerful Islamist movement. He described pitiful scenes during his visits to Gaza, with “donkeys acting as taxis” staggering through bombed-out streets carrying supplies or pulling people in carts.