By Charlie Kimber
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Famine is ‘already occurring’ in Gaza admits US official

US says its support for Israel is ‘ironclad, ironclad’
Issue 2901
Joe Biden and Binyamin Netanyahu illustrating an article about famine in Gaza

Joe Biden is still supporting Binyamin Netanyahu as famine in Gaza sets in

The much-hyped US pressure on Israel has produced precisely zero change in Israel’s starvation regime in Gaza.

Even the Guardian newspaper had to report, “A promised surge in aid into Gaza that Benjamin Netanyahu promised Joe Biden a week ago has so far failed to materialise, aid workers say, as the US aid chief confirmed that famine is beginning to take hold in parts of the besieged coastal strip.” 

The increase in the number of trucks crossing into Gaza claimed by Israel conflicts with UN records.

The New York Times reported, “Facing international condemnation after an Israeli airstrike killed seven workers for an international aid group, Israel said it would reopen the Erez crossing between Israel and northern Gaza for aid delivery. 

“But satellite imagery taken on Tuesday shows that the road leading to Erez on the Gaza side remains blocked by rubble from a destroyed building, a crater and other damage.”

On Wednesday Samantha Power became the first US official to confirm publicly that famine had already got a grip in at least some parts of Gaza. She’s the head of the US humanitarian and development agency, the USAID. 

Power told a congressional committee that her officials had analysed an assessment by food insecurity experts in mid-March. It said that a famine could set in between later the same month and mid-May, and had found that judgment to be “credible”.

“So famine is already occurring there?” Democratic congressman, Joaquin Castro, asked her. “That is—yes,” she replied.

And the US has redoubled its support for Israel if there is an escalation to war with Iran after Israel murdered Iranian officials in Damascus, Syria, recently.

Biden said this week, “As I told prime minister Netanyahu, our commitment to Israel’s security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad, ironclad.

That wasn’t just a slip of the tongue. US defence secretary Lloyd Austin also told Israel’s war minister Yoav Gallant on Thursday of the “ironclad US support for Israel’s defence in the face of growing threats from Iran and its regional proxies”. 

It’s urgent to be on the streets for Palestine and against a spreading and even more terrible war.

  • London demonstration: Saturday 13 April, 12 noon, assemble Russell Square WC1B 5LF for a march to Parliament Square.
  • For details of mobilisations outside London go here or to tinyurl.com/demos1304
  • For Scottish events go here or to twitter.com/scottishpsc

Toll of Israeli assaults

On Friday the Gaza health ministry said Israeli attacks had killed at least 89 Palestinians and injured another 120 in the past 24 hours.

This means Israel has killed at least 33,634 Palestinians and injured 76,214 since 7 October.


Huge support to stop arms to Israel

NGO Action For Humanity projected slogans it projected onto Tower Bridge in London alongside the Save The Children charity last night.

The projection read, “Over 14,000 children killed in Gaza. What are you waiting for? Stop arming Israel. Ceasefire NOW.”

The charity commissioned polling from YouGov, which shows increasing support from the public for an end to exports of arms and parts to Israel. 

Results showed the percentage who think Britain should stop exporting arms or parts to Israel rose from 56 percent to 62 percent between 27 March and 7 April. Now only 16 percent back continuing the arms sales.

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