U.S Aid to Gaza not Spent on Rebuilding

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By Ben Cohen

Mondoweiss reports on the lack of American aid actually going to Gazans:

Although Hillary Clinton's message at Sharm El-Sheikh is that aid to


Gaza cannot be separated from the peace process and that aid must "

foster conditions in which a Palestinian state can be fully realized

,"


the US's own pledge is undermining that very goal. Instead of helping


the people of Gaza, it seems the US's first priority is to prop up the


Abbas government. In addition to sending two-thirds of their aid to the


West Bank-based government, the US is withholding all aid for


rebuilding Gaza out of political concerns about Hamas. The

LA Times reports

, "U.S. officials are opposed to spending any money on reconstruction aid


to Gaza that might fall into the hands of Hamas and help strengthen the


group's standing among the enclave's 1.5 million residents."