The Israeli military made precise calculations of Gaza’s daily calorie needs to avoid malnutrition during a blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory between 2007 and mid-2010, according to files the defence ministry released on Wednesday under a court order.
*An Israeli human rights organization, Gisha, sued in Israeli courts to force the release of a planning document for ‘putting the Palestinians on a diet’ without risking the bad press of mass starvation, and the courts concurred. The document, produced by the Israeli army, appears to be a calculation of how to make sure, despite the Israeli blockade, that Palestinians got an average of 2279 calories a day, the basic need. But by planning on limiting the calories in that way, the Israeli military was actually plotting to keep Palestinians in Gaza (half of them children) permanently on the brink of malnutrition, what health professionals call “food insecurity”. *
This is utterly despicable, but it’s the reality we face. This is the millstone that we Americans and our government are tethered to, thanks to both political parties which control a venal Congress in thrall to the Israel lobby, a Congress which sees it proper to give Netanyahu 29 standing ovations while Netanyahu’s government carries out such policies.
This is one of the reasons America has a terrorism problem.