UN Expert: US Aid Policy on Gaza Absurd Given Military Support for Israel

UN Expert: US Aid Policy on Gaza Absurd Given Military Support for Israel

Palestinians with children wait to receive food cooked by a charity kitchen amid shortages of food supplies, as the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip continues. (File photo: Reuters)

A UN expert, on Friday, criticised US efforts to boost humanitarian aid to Gaza, such as plans for a temporary port and recent air drops, which he said were “absurd” and “cynical” methods, so long as military aid to Israel continues, reported Reuters.

Amid warnings of looming famine five months into Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian group, Hamas, in Gaza, the US military has carried out air drops of meals into Gaza and plans a temporary port for aid imports on its Mediterranean coast.

Air drops in particular “will do very little to alleviate hunger malnutrition, and do nothing to slow down famine,” Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, told reporters in Geneva.

He warned of chaos as starving people joust for supplies. As for the port, he said no one had asked for it. He called the port and air drops methods of “last resort”.

The US diplomatic mission in Geneva was not immediately available to respond to the remarks made late on Friday.

Fakhri, a Lebanese-Canadian law professor mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to document and advise on global food security, said such methods made little sense while Washington continues to provide military support to Israel.

US legislation envisages an additional $17.6 billion in new military assistance to Israel as its war against Hamas continues in response to their deadly 7 October attacks.

“That’s more than ally-ship. That’s a marriage.… It’s almost incomprehensible,” he said of US support to Israel, calling the recent aid measures a “performance to try to meet a domestic audience with (US presidential) elections around the corner”.

Fakhri, who has been critical of Israel on social media, on Thursday told the Geneva Human Rights Council that Israel was destroying Gaza’s food system as part of a broader “starvation campaign”.

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