Agriculture is an important cultural tradition vital to the economy of Gaza. Farming families have been a part of Palestinian life for thousands of years. They not only provide communities with food and jobs, they are a source of pride and a means of self-sufficiency.
The blockade by the Israeli government is crippling Gaza’s economy and is a huge deterrent to productive enterprise. As a result, it forces Gaza residents to depend on foreign aid and the tunnel (from Egypt) economy for basic goods and income. Without the flow of goods, materials, and labor, Gaza’s factories are forced to close. Israel controls the crossing of people, goods and air space as well as territorial waters, the tax system, and population registry. In addition, as part of the blockade, Israel reduced the fishing area off the coast from 12 to three nautical miles. Dramatic increases in sewage pollution have further reduced the catch.
Agriculture in Gaza has also been hit hard by the blockade on exports and imports. A total of 46% of agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible or unusable due to destruction of land during “Operation Cast Lead” and by the “security buffer zone” along Gaza’s northern and eastern borders with Israel. The blockade restricts the import of agricultural materials like fertilizers, as well as building materials for irrigation and water wells, desperately needed to rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure.
Bolstering the agricultural sector would create new jobs, feed communities, and improve the quality of life for thousands of Gaza residents, even if it means starting on a smaller scale.
Gaza and Israel: Nowadays Obstacles
Israel and Hamas are locked again in combat likely to yield – beyond tragic life and property loss – a return to a destructive status quo. The immediate triggers were the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, for which Israel holds Hamas responsible, and the revenge torture and murder of a Palestinian teen by vigilante Israeli Jews. The nature and extent of Hamas’s involvement in the initial obscenity remains unclear, but the attack’s consequences are anything but. Since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on 8 July, 2,145 Palestinians have been killed and about 11,100 wounded (70% civilians, a fifth of whom were children).
In terms of preserving life, regional stability and the prospect for someday achieving peace, the best outcome to the current fighting would be a sustained political agreement that allows Palestinian and Israeli life to return to something like normal. In Gaza, this means energizing economic, social and political activity, albeit with continuing restraints. For Israel, this means a population that is broadly protected from rocket fire, though preventing the firing of every last rocket is unfeasible.
Gaza Crisis Appeal
YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
In light of the above, The GroupRikas Investment Group is responding to a heartbreaking appeal from the Palestinian families by launching a number of charitable projects and personal efforts to deliver food to people of Gaza who are truly in need of assistance they do not receive. So they need to be helped and supported, and relief continuously even they stand a chance in the face of a pain.
Such projects includes delivery of Ukrainian wheat, flour, sunflower oil, and building timber to the Gaza Strip to help poor families and those affected by the nowadays war. We hope to collect donations below shown from the owners of generosity and kindness and tender in order to collect the amounts for the purchase of food needs and distributed to needy families affected by the war and have lost their homes partially or completely.
We are appealing for your help so that we can ship to Gaza’s families further help at this critical for them time.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
In the absence of sustained and effective life-support actions and an enabling political environment, the challenges which impact the people of Gaza now will only intensify over the coming time.
The GroupRikas Investment Group is challenging worldwide community to support the life and witness of the people in Gaza at this difficult for them time. We are responding to Gaza’s appeal and we invite you to join us also.