Geneva – Israel has targeted aid distribution centers, aid convoys, and dozens of humanitarian workers during its ongoing large-scale war on the Gaza Strip, said Muhammad Shehadah, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor’s Communication Officer, at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC)’s 55th session.

Shehadah stated that Israel’s attacks on humanitarian workers and starved residents awaiting aid trucks are part of its "deliberate strategy of perpetuating and weaponising famine in Gaza."

Over the last two months, Euro-Med Monitor documented the Israeli army’s killing of over 563 starved Palestinians who were either awaiting humanitarian aid or working to secure and fairly distribute this aid.

"This is compounded by Israel's systematic assault on vital infrastructure, including mills, bakeries, and water tanks, which has left 2.3 million Gazans deprived of life-saving resources," Shehadah added.

"These actions not only constitute war crimes but are also part of what the International Court of Justice has deemed a plausible genocide against Gaza"

On Monday, Israeli forces targeted a vehicle carrying staff members of the World Central Kitchen in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, killing seven members from Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and Palestine.

"Despite coordinating movements with the IDF, the convoy was hit as it was leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse, where the team had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza on the maritime route," the World Central Kitchen said in a statement following the incident.

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitors called on the Human Rights Council and its member states to act swiftly and decisively. Israel must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity in Gaza. Immediate international pressure is needed to halt these atrocities and ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.

It urged the establishment of an independent investigation to bring perpetrators to justice and prevent further escalation of the humanitarian crisis. The fate of millions of innocent lives hangs in the balance.

"We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to their suffering," said Shehadah. "Inaction is not an option. The international community must stand united in defense of our basic humanity and seek justice for the people of Gaza."

 

Full Statement

Mr. President,

We bring before you today the immensely concerning injustice of Israel’s deliberate strategy of perpetuating and weaponising famine in Northern Gaza.

Over the last two months, the Israeli army killed over 563 starved Palestinians who were either awaiting humanitarian aid or working to secure and fairly distribute this aid.

Israel has targeted aid distribution centers, aid convoys, and dozens of humanitarian workers. This is compounded by Israel's systematic assault on vital infrastructure, including mills, bakeries, and water tanks, which has left 2.3 million Gazans deprived of life-saving resources.

These actions not only constitute war crimes but are also part of what the ICJ deemed a “plausible” genocide against Gaza.

We call upon this esteemed council to act swiftly and decisively. Israel must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity in Gaza. Immediate international pressure is needed to halt these atrocities and ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian aid.

Furthermore, we urge the establishment of an independent investigation to bring perpetrators to justice and prevent further escalation of the humanitarian crisis. The fate of millions of innocent lives hangs in the balance. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to their suffering.

Inaction is not an option. The international community must stand united in defense of our basic humanity and seek justice for the people of Gaza.