Sunday, November 1, 2015

Whoopee For the Al Zazas

The following wonderful news has reached us from Gaza:

"GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The al-Zazas have much to celebrate these days, after returning a few weeks ago to their neighborhood in the Gaza Strip — the first Palestinian family to move back into a completely rebuilt home since last year's war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas.

It was a much-anticipated homecoming. Their house was one of thousands of dwellings that were reduced to rubble in the war. A push to reconstruct the battered coastal territory has been sluggish, relying on international funding pledges that have only partially been fulfilled."

Hip hip hooray! Over a year later, and several billions of aid down the line, and one family has a new home.  At this rate, all of the destroyed Palestinian homes in Gaza will be rebuilt by about the year 12,000.  I can hardly wait.

And I love the phrase "partially been fulfilled."  If one in ten thousand constitutes partial fulfillment (and I guess it sort of does) then, okay:

"But the al-Zazas' move offers a rare glimmer of hope to the tens of thousands of Gazans who lost their homes in the war."

Glimmer of hope.  Whatever.

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