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Two experts at Colombia University say Israel has not caused a famine

Aid trucks entering Gaza from Israel. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson
Experts say: “We found that the food supply entering Gaza is more than sufficient to feed all 2.2 million Gazans according to what is considered a normal diet in North America. This is because if just 250 truckloads enter Gaza every day (more actually enter), and assuming the food is adequately distributed, every Gazan would receive the amount of food that the average individual consumes in North America. This is in addition to the food that Gazans continue to produce themselves.”

Professor Awi Federgruen, who is an expert in supply chains, logistics, and data science, and Professor Ran Kivetz, whose focus is on the intersection between behavioral economics and political science, spoke about their research to the Jerusalem Post earlier this month. They say that “the International Criminal Court and the UN have joined Hamas in blaming Israel for a famine that never was, hoping to stop the war (in Gaza).

Federgruen and Kivetz show that enough food is entering Gaza. However, the problem is with the distribution; Hamas and others disrupt the proper distribution by shooting at those trying to receive the aid in order to steal the aid for themselves.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, here is the actual data:
As of May 15th, 2024:
531,160 tons of humanitarian aid have been transferred to Gaza.
Including:
380,550 tons of food
33,900 tons of water
23,110 tons of medical supplies
59,600 tons of shelter supplies
23,110 tons of mixed supplies

As of today, June 18th,
174 aid trucks were coordinated yesterday (June.17), via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
62 trucks were collected from the Gazan side of Kerem Shalom, all by the private sector (June.17).
The content of over 1,100 aid trucks is still waiting to be collected from the Gazan side of Kerem Shalom (June.17).
2 tankers of gas designated for the operation of essential infrastructure in Gaza, entered Gaza yesterday (June. 17).
6 bakeries are now operational in northern Gaza following coordination. Together, these bakeries produce 1.5 million pita breads daily (June.17).
Today, (June. 18) between 10:00 and 14:00, the IDF will pause operations in the Kizan Abu Rashuan neighborhood, Khan Younis to enable the movement of humanitarian aid.

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