Sanders calls for aid halt as US arms fuel Israel’s blockade

"The U.S. cannot partner with a country that is starving children."

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A grave warning from a senior Biden administration official has cast a light on the looming threat of famine in Gaza, marking a potential humanitarian catastrophe that would stand as only the third of its kind this century. This alarming revelation coincides with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ emphatic call to halt further financial aid to Israel, spotlighting the ethical dilemma faced by the U.S. as its military support continues amidst escalating humanitarian concerns.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser, briefed Israeli officials on the distressing possibility of a famine declaration in Gaza by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). The IPC’s findings already indicate famine conditions “with reasonable evidence” in two of Gaza’s five governorates.

“No more money for Netanyahu,” declared Senator Bernie Sanders, responding to the dire warnings and emphasizing the moral imperative for the U.S. to reconsider its financial support to Israel in light of the unfolding crisis.

Individuals in northern Gaza are subsisting on a mere 245 calories per day, a fraction of the necessary intake to prevent malnutrition, reports Oxfam.

For the 2.2 million residents of Gaza, the limited food deliveries have only covered 41% of the daily caloric needs per person.

“The U.S. cannot partner with a country that is starving children,” Sanders articulated.

Despite the humanitarian crisis, the U.S. has proceeded with significant arms deals to Israel, including the approval of a sale encompassing 50 F-15 fighter jets and a multitude of bombs. This military support starkly contrasts with the critical needs of the Gazan population and raises questions about the ethical dimensions of U.S. foreign policy.

Reports confirm the targeting of aid convoys by Israeli forces, further exacerbating the humanitarian situation in Gaza. The killing of seven international aid workers by Israeli strikes has ignited international outrage, yet U.S. military support to Israel remains steadfast.

Investigative reports by Al Jazeera and CNN suggest that the targeting of aid convoys by Israeli forces was no accident. The systematic nature of these attacks raises profound questions about the ethics of military engagement and the collateral impact on civilian populations.

“The U.S. cannot partner with a country that is starving children,” Sanders’ insists.

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