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Israel Attacks Main U.N. Aid Agency

Apr 22, 2024

The Israeli state’s massacre of Gazan civilians continues.

Even as the military operations continue, warnings of a famine grow louder. Food going into Gaza has been reduced to a trickle. Not only do Israeli forces only allow in tiny amounts of aid, but right-wing Israelis set up protests and roadblocks to cut off even that tiny amount. There is no way to know how many people continue to die not just from bombs but from malnutrition, unsafe drinking water, and the lack of any kind of medical attention—made worse by the fact that Israeli forces have leveled most of the area’s hospitals. And as the U.N. points out, children are the most vulnerable of all to dying from lack of food, and from suffering life-long health affects as a consequence of malnutrition.

Israel has also ramped up its attacks on the main U.N. agency that has provided aid to the Palestinian refugees for seventy-five years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This agency has long provided some of the only schools, hospitals, food, and other services available to Palestinians, and forms the backbone of aid operations in Gaza. At least 178 UNRWA workers have been killed in Israel’s attack on Gaza.

Now Israel is accusing UNRWA staffers of having links to Hamas and has claimed some staffers confessed that they helped with the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel. The latest foreign aid bill passed by the U.S House even explicitly prohibits any aid from going to UNRWA. But UNRWA staffers say that their confessions were coerced by torture—something Israeli forces are known for carrying out. And as everyone knows, confessions coerced from torture mean exactly nothing, since a torture victim can be forced to say anything to make the torture stop.

Israel continues to claim that this is a war aimed at rooting out Hamas. But the continued attacks on those who provide basic necessities like food show that this war is really aimed against the population of Gaza—and its children first of all.