Nashat Nawati, a 48-year-old former government clerk, lost his house two years ago, as he tells the LA Times. After that, he and his family were forced to move to a shelter. Two years later, Nawati is still without a home and has resorted to waiting outside the Ministry of Housing (along with dozens of other Gazans) for a hopeful piece of news. Nawati is just one of hundreds of thousands Gazans displaced, all prudently waiting for the promise of reconstruction to actually happen. Last year, the United Nations informed the international community that Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020 if nothing changes.

Just to make the situation even more difficult, Gaza is not receiving its promised (and expected) financial aid, but rather only half of it. The U.S. kept its promise, while Persian Gulf countries (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates) donated just 15% of what they were obligated to.
The main issue is that builders do not have enough materials as a result of Israeli officials being afraid that Gaza will rebuild its military forces using those resources. Nevertheless, the type of materials to build a house should be different from those necessary for building military infrastructures. Are they not?
Hamas, the main armed resistance group against the occupation of the Palestinian territory in the Gaza strip, was accused by the Israeli foreign minister of diverting 95% of housing materials to other causes.
Meanwhile, some prefabricated homes have been delivered. But for Palestinians who have seen their houses bombed and foreign aid blocked on almost every level, a few houses being built does not make up for the astonishing amounts of funds that were neither delivered nor implemented.
In simple terms, the Palestinian territory known as the Gaza Strip has been occupied since 1967 by Israeli troops (here’s a map to get a better picture), after the foundation of Israel in 1949. In peace mediations between the two sides, essential has been the role of the Oslo Accords, by which Israel recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and vice-versa. The accords are aimed to guarantee that Palestine has a right to self-determination. But alas, where are the means and the resources to do so?

Now to the point: who recognized Israel in first place? The U.S., during the meeting of President Truman with Israeli Prime Minister Abba Eban in May, 1948. It is interesting, in this scenario, how despite U.S. non-recognition of Palestine, it is nevertheless supporting it financially. But to do what exactly? To rebuild houses or military forces? One might as well guess.
Emblematic was the case of about a week ago, when Google Maps, the most important platform in the world for mapping, deleted Palestinian territories from its servers. The Google Maps CEO (of U.S. Nationality), Larry Page, said the company did not relate to international law, and had not consulted with any international organization (the UN, for instance) to make that decision. Below is a tweet with the map:

Unemployment in Gaza now has reached 60%, and, “what has been built [till now] is only a drop in the ocean of destruction,’’ said Palestinian Housing Minister Mofeed Hasaina. “Inspiring” is what the most prominent U.S. intellectual alive has to say about the situation: