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Who is being held to account for Palestinains’ food insecurity?

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28.12.2018

Palestinians’ food insecurity made brief headlines with the announcement that the World Food Programme (WFP) will be cutting food aid due to insufficient funds. An estimated 190,000 Palestinians from Gaza and the occupied West Bank will be affected; 27,000 through the suspension of food aid and 165,000 who will have their aid reduced by 20 per cent.

The WFP attributed this selective deprivation to the US withdrawal of humanitarian aid. According to the organisation’s country director Stephen Kearney, the US “cut funding, not just to UNRWA, who work with the refugees in Gaza, but also to the rest of the international community, including WFP.” The UN Relief and Works Agency referred to by Kearney not only works with refugees in Gaza, by the way; it also provides essential services to Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The US funding cut should not be viewed as an anti-Gaza, for which read anti-Hamas, issue; it is anti-Palestinian, pure and simple.

It is a mistake to focus on Palestinians’ food insecurity only in light of the WFP’s reduction in aid. In its latest report, the........

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