9 January 2015, Trades Union Congress (TUC) UK
TUC Aid (UK) is appealing for donations to rebuild the Beit Lahia Plant Nursery in Gaza, which was badly damaged during the 2014 Israeli offensive.
The Beit Lahia Plant Nursery was created to help the people of Gaza to increase their income and improve food security. The nursery was established through the MA’AN Development Center in Gaza with the proceeds of a previous TUC Aid appeal and financial support from APHEDA – a trade union solidarity support organisation in Australia.
Some 50,000 trees, saplings, and seedlings withered and died due to lack of irrigation during weeks of military offensive by the Israeli army. The losses include 1581 olive saplings, 869 poppy saplings, 44,300 tomatoes seedlings, and 12 citrus trees. On 21 July2014, the office of the MA’AN Development Centre was badly damaged when the Israeli military shelled and destroyed the residential apartment building opposite.