The People of Gaza Are Being Deliberately Starved

The illegal and pointless U.S. war in Yemen continues:

The U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri charges Israel with the deliberate starvation of the Palestinians of Gaza:

“There is no reason to intentionally block the passage of humanitarian aid or intentionally obliterate small-scale fishing vessels, greenhouses and orchards in Gaza – other than to deny people access to food,” Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, told the Guardian.

“Intentionally depriving people of food is clearly a war crime. Israel has announced its intention to destroy the Palestinian people, in whole or in part, simply for being Palestinian. In my view as a UN human rights expert, this is now a situation of genocide. This means the State of Israel in its entirety is culpable and should be held accountable – not just individuals or this government, or that person.”

The Israeli government has been inflicting collective punishment on the people of Gaza from the start of the war, and a major part of that punishment has been cutting them off from outside supplies of food, water, and fuel. Israeli forces have been systematically destroying Gaza’s local means of food production since then. It has been clear from official statements and the actions of their government that they mean to harm the entire population. Fakhri is the latest expert to confirm what we have been seeing for months: the people of Gaza are being starved to death on purpose by the Israeli government.

The Secretary General of Doctors Without Borders, Christopher Lockyear, spoke before the UN Security Council last week and described the horrific conditions that have been created by the Israeli campaign and blockade:

This situation is the culmination of a war Israel is waging on the entire population of the Gaza strip – a war of collective punishment, a war without rules, a war at all costs. The laws and the principles we collectively depend on to enable humanitarian assistance are now eroded to the point of becoming meaningless.

Lockyear also detailed how MSF staff and facilities have repeatedly been attacked by Israeli forces. He said, “Israeli forces are attacking our convoys, they are shooting at and raiding our hospitals, they are detaining our staff, and bulldozing our vehicles. For a second time, one of our staff shelters has been hit. This pattern of attacks is either intentional or indicative of reckless incompetence.”

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Phillipe Lazzarini, raised the alarm last week that the agency was “on the brink” because of the decisions of US and other governments to halt funding:

I fear we are on the edge of a monumental disaster with grave implications for regional peace, security and human rights.

It is important to remember that the US and other Western governments that chose to halt funding for UNRWA did so on the basis of unproven Israeli claims that a handful of agency employees took part in the October 7 attack. The entire population is being made to suffer for the alleged wrongdoing of a few people. Fakhri concludes that the governments that have cut off funding to UNRWA are complicit in the deliberate starvation of Gaza’s people:

“Ending funding almost instantaneously based on unsubstantiated claims against a small number of people has no other purpose other than collective punishment of all Palestinians in multiple countries. The countries that withdrew this lifeline are undoubtedly complicit in the starvation of Palestinians,” Fakhri said.

Despite the International Court of Justice’s order that Israel must facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and enable basic services, Amnesty International said this week that “Israel has failed to take even the bare minimum steps to comply.” According to Amnesty, the small trickle of aid that has been allowed in has actually decreased in the weeks since the ICJ ruling. The Israeli government flouts international law because it assumes that it will never pay a real price for doing so, and so far the Biden administration has given them every reason to think that.

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Daniel Larison is a contributing editor for and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

9 thoughts on “The People of Gaza Are Being Deliberately Starved”

  1. The USA is backing this Genocide and they need to be called out by the UN. All Arab/Muslim/African Nations need to recall their Ambassadors from the US, Israel, UK, all who are arming Israel in this Genocide. American Voters need to find Peace Candidates to vote for. I can not believe that Americans are on board with Israel butchering women, children, defenseless humans. Doing nothing to STOP Genocidal Devil Netanyahu, is not acceptable.

  2. Is there anyone on the planet – except perhaps the ignorant US electorate – who doesn’t understand by now that Israel intends to commit genocide?

    I grow bored by all this discussion. This is likely going to resolve itself this coming month, or at least start resolving itself in March. this is because Israel has made it clear that by Ramadan they are going to attack Lebanon. and Hezbollah has made it clear what will happen when Israel does.

    In addition, as Alastair Crooke pointed out yesterday on Napolitano’s show that Ramadan is when Muslims go to the Al Agsa mosque to pray. They also fast and this tends to produce an angry emotional state if they are forbidden to pray at the mosque, which Israel has said it intends to do. Crooke says this is likely to produce an explosion in the West Bank and among the Arabs living inside Israel. It’s also likely to produce a reaction from the region.

    So I think we can assume by the end of March, the war will begin in earnest and Israel will begin taking the sort of casualties it is inflicting on the Palestinians in Gaza.

    I highly recommend viewing Crooke’s interview:
    Alastair Crooke: Can US Cap Middle East Violence?

    1. It is easy to see that the breakout on 7Oct has proven to be instrumental. The evil that is Zionism is now visible to the world.

  3. 14% of the Michigan Democratic primary voters voted “uncommitted” rather than Biden, literally larger than the margin of victory for Biden in Michigan. If only those voices would continue grow and bring true antiwar parties to the front and break this corrupt two party system.

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