Famine Takes Hold in Gaza Amidst International Concerns and Calls for Action

Zoey Waverider

Updated Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11:33 AM CDT

Famine Takes Hold in Gaza Amidst International Concerns and Calls for Action

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power has confirmed in a recent congressional hearing that famine is currently underway in the Gaza Strip. This alarming development comes after a HuffPost story revealed the details of a USAID cable that indicated the threshold for famine designation has likely been surpassed. Predictions are dire, with the potential for dozens of children under the age of five succumbing to starvation, malnutrition, and disease from mid-March to late May.

As humanitarian experts sound the alarm on the famine in Gaza warning of its potential to exacerbate existing crises and inflict significant human tolls, Israel, under U.S. pressure, has pledged to increase aid to the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to re-open the Erez crossing and ramp up aid efforts. However, U.S. President Joe Biden has deemed these efforts as inadequate, urging Israel to take more decisive action to assist Palestinians and ensure the safety of aid workers.

In response to increasing international concerns, Israel has announced plans to open an additional cargo crossing and aims to increase the number of trucks entering Gaza, with a target of 500 trucks per day. Despite these pledges, the actual count of aid trucks has been disputed. While Israel reports an average of 400 trucks entering Gaza since a recent Sunday, U.N. workers and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have only observed a slight increase in aid delivery, with counts significantly lower than Israel's claims.

The dire situation in Gaza is compounded by a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, leading to widespread poverty and unemployment, which has intensified the current humanitarian crisis. Scott Anderson, the acting director of UNRWA in Gaza, pointed out that the region was already grappling with a nutrition deficit before the war, a situation that has worsened with the low levels of aid received since the conflict's inception.

Disparities in truck counts arise from differing methodologies: Israel counts the trucks it inspects and allows into Gaza, whereas UNRWA tallies the trucks that return from the deposit zone within Gaza. At the Kerem Shalom crossing, aid trucks from Israel drop off pallets in a designated zone where Palestinian drivers can collect them. This process faces delays partly due to the crossing's partial closure since the onset of the war.

Adding to the complexity, aid collection often ceases at 4:30 p.m. for safety reasons as UNRWA stops operations, and the number of Palestinian police e*****ing aid convoys has been reduced due to officers being killed in airstrikes. COGAT, the Israeli defense body overseeing Palestinian civilian affairs, denies restricting crossing hours and attributes inefficiencies in aid movement to the U.N.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has emphasized that increasing aid to Gaza is a top priority. Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice is investigating whether the Israeli operation against Hamas constitutes genocide against Palestinians and has instructed Israel to permit more humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Despite Ambassador Samantha Power's hesitance to classify Israel's actions as war crimes, the Biden administration has made its most significant acknowledgment of the crisis in Gaza to date, with previous USAID reports labeling the famine as "imminent." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's operation against Hamas, launched following an Oct. 7 attack on Israel, is now under scrutiny as international officials report widespread starvation, particularly in northern Gaza. The Biden administration's policy towards Gaza is believed to hinge on Israel's actions to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance.

Amid these developments, the White House faces criticism and calls for more substantial action from various quarters, including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and Palestinian American leaders, who express frustration over the administration's stance on Israel. Outreach efforts by the White House continue, with a focus on preventing the conflict from spreading and engaging with community leaders to potentially save lives. Nevertheless, some community leaders, such as Michigan state Rep. Abraham Aiyash, report a lack of contact with senior officials, while others, including a Palestinian American doctor, have protested by walking out of meetings, highlighting the tensions between the administration and some community members.

The unfolding crisis in Gaza underscores the urgent need for a comprehensive and effective international response to avert further tragedy and address the long-term implications of the famine.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, we see the liberal media and the Biden administration falling over themselves to blame Israel for the problems in Gaza, completely ignoring the fact that it's the terrorist organization Hamas that's truly responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people. These leftists are quick to point fingers at Israel's necessary security measures, while turning a blind eye to the corruption and mismanagement by the Palestinian leadership that has led to widespread poverty and unemployment. Instead of acknowledging the generous aid efforts by Israel, despite being under constant attack, these bleeding-heart liberals are pushing their anti-Israel agenda, trying to paint Israel as the villain in a complex situation they clearly don't understand. The real tragedy here is that the safety and well-being of Israelis are being compromised by the same people who claim to champion human rights.

Liberal Bias:

The conservative administration and its right-wing allies in Israel continue to perpetuate a grave injustice against the Palestinian people in Gaza. The so-called "security measures" by the Israeli government are nothing short of collective punishment, leading to a humanitarian catastrophe that can only be described as state-sanctioned. The conservative narrative conveniently ignores the devastating impact of the blockade and the disproportionate use of force against civilians. It's appalling to witness the blatant disregard for human life, as conservatives continue to support a militaristic approach that prioritizes political gain over the dire needs of starving children. The famine in Gaza is a direct result of conservative policies that lack empathy and undermine international law, showcasing a clear moral bankruptcy at the heart of their foreign policy.

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