Israel Accused of Using Starvation in Gaza War!

A recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has raised alarming accusations against Israel

by Faruk Imamovic
Israel Accused of Using Starvation in Gaza War!
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A recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has raised alarming accusations against Israel, claiming the use of starvation as a weapon of war in Gaza. Omar Shakir, HRW's Israel and Palestine director, provided detailed evidence in support of these allegations, shedding light on the severity of the situation in the densely populated region.

Documented Evidence of a Humanitarian Crisis

In his interview with Al Jazeera, Shakir presented multiple points of evidence.

"One is two-plus months of blocking entry of food and water. Second is the blocking of all but a trickle of humanitarian aid from entering into Gaza.

This has been documented for more than two months,” Shakir explained.

The report also brings attention to the destruction of agricultural lands, with Shakir noting, “large percentages of the green agricultural lands turned into brown and desolate”.

Shakir further highlighted the intentional destruction of essential survival resources.

“The report looks at the intentional destruction of objects necessary for survival – I am talking about the wheat mills, hospitals, water and sanitation facilities,” he said.

Moreover, Shakir pointed to statements from Israeli officials that he interprets as an admission of using starvation as a means to achieve political goals, including the release of hostages or the dismantling of Hamas.

On-the-Ground Realities: A Testimony from Aid Workers

The humanitarian impact of these actions is starkly portrayed in testimonies from aid organizations. Ricardo Martinez, a logistics coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), described the acute crisis during his time in Gaza.

“The water system isn’t working anymore – it has completely collapsed,” Martinez stated. He detailed the extreme conditions facing residents: “At most, people have one litre of water per day – that’s for drinking, washing and cooking”.

Martinez also touched on the broader implications of the lack of resources.
“Without fuel, the grinding mills are not working, so nobody has wheat – no wheat, no food. Trucks coming from Egypt are offloading aid to trucks in Gaza, but without fuel, these trucks are unable to move and distribute the aid,” he observed.