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The Road to Famine in Gaza

Professor Neve Gordon has co-written an article about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza for The New York Review.

A child in Gaza sitting on the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Image by hosny salah from Pixabay.

After the attack on civilians by Hamas on 7 October who took hostages who have not yet been released, there has been a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where children and adults are starting to starve to death.

Neve Gordon is Professor of International Law and Human Rights, and Muna Haddad is a Palestinian human rights lawyer and PhD candidate at the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London.

The authors examine how humanitarian aid has been withheld from Palestinian civilians in the Gaza strip. They also look at the history of food in Gaza where before the war “Israel had rendered the majority of Gaza’s inhabitants destitute and undernourished.”

The article cites a UN-backed report published on 18 March where a committee of experts offered a dire prediction. “Famine,” they reported, “is now projected and imminent” for 70 per cent of northern Gaza’s population—around 210,000 people —and “expected to become manifest” by May. 

“As of March 15, in northern Gaza, one in three children under two are suffering from acute malnutrition; at least twenty-seven children have reportedly died from starvation”.

Read the full article in The New York Review (subscription required).



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