Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Israel’s bloody and destructive war on Gaza known ridiculously as Operation Protective Edge. It seems the only thing it protected was Israel’s preference to have Gaza be an utter disaster zone, or as one high-ranking Israeli politician put it, “the goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for 40 years.” As it stands, little has changed in Gaza, including Israel's impermeable blockade. The restriction Israel mercilessly places on goods going into Gaza has created year-long delays in promised international aid including desperately needed housing materials and construction goods which are nowhere to be found – leaving some 100,000 homes slated for reconstruction still in ruins and children continuing to live a nightmare. Meanwhile in air-conditioned parlors, important politicking over the UN report on the Gaza war and the BDS movement are stealing the attention of those who can make a difference on the ground. After a year, if we don’t rebuild Gaza now – and the all the lives shattered by the war – when will we?