Geneva - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain should be expelled following her participation in a forum to collect donations for the Israeli army, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a statement today, amid growing criticism of WFP operations given the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
Euro-Med Monitor called McCain’s participation in—and her front-row seat at—Canada’s Halifax International Security Forum, which took place from November 17 to 19, deeply concerning. The push to raise money for the Israeli army, said the rights group, stands in stark contrast to the intentional starvation campaign that Gazan civilians are being subjected to during the 46-day Israeli war on the Strip.
The Halifax Forum for International Security is an annual international security conference that draws military officials, United States senators, diplomats, and researchers. Its stunning decision to present this year’s award to the Israeli people and army comes at a time when Israel has cut off all food, water, and life supplies since the first days of its genocidal war on Gaza.
Euro-Med Monitor has previously documented the WFP’s incredibly slow response to civilians in Gaza at this time.
Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor stressed the importance of firing Cindy McCain for her ethical violation of the duty of neutrality. This would be a practical step, said the Geneva-based group, to put an end to international organisations’ complicity and United Nations agencies’ double standard policy.