José Andrés, Gaza and impunity

The Hamas operation of October 7, in which it murdered 1,200 innocent Israeli citizens, was an execrable crime that deserves the strongest condemnation.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
02 April 2024 Tuesday 04:22
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José Andrés, Gaza and impunity

The Hamas operation of October 7, in which it murdered 1,200 innocent Israeli citizens, was an execrable crime that deserves the strongest condemnation. And, of course, those responsible end up in court to be judged. This essential introduction is worth adding that bombing the convoy of an NGO dedicated to bringing food to a hungry population is an equally execrable act.

Yesterday, a precision missile hit a convoy of WCK, the organization of chef José Andrés. Netanyahu's army quickly admitted responsibility, which is not at all common [in Spain we have been waiting for 20 years for the Aznar administration to recognize that it made a mistake after the 11-M attacks in Madrid]. The Israeli army knew the movements of the dead volunteers. What's more, a poster of the organization could be seen on the roof of their vehicles. Someone gave the order to press the fire button. Someone should be judged for it too.

Social networks were flooded yesterday with messages of condolence towards José Andrés and his team. Practical unanimity when it comes to positioning. Is there anything more reprehensible than killing someone who is going to help fight hunger? But there are always exceptions and there were also those who distanced themselves from the conviction. That's what conflicts are like, you could read in X, sometimes those who shouldn't die die. That they had not gone.

Thousands of innocent citizens have died in the war in Gaza. They did not work for an NGO. They also had nothing to do with the October Hamas attack. They were just trying to live as best they could in the Strip or were treated in a hospital. Many were children. There are those who think that a direct genocide is taking place with the Palestinians. A former minister, Ione Belarra, said it, and José Andrés himself reproached her for it. Yesterday they reminded him.

It is not easy to find a solution to the war in Gaza. The head of European diplomacy, José Borrell, said this week that “the siege that civilians endure cannot be justified.” A few days ago he stated: “Today, Gaza is the largest open-air cemetery for thousands of people and the principles of humanitarian law.”

One of the most forceful messages yesterday was written by Mikel Ayestaran: “This assurance that no one will pay for the death of the seven WCK employees in Gaza is called impunity.” For now, 240 tons of humanitarian aid from the organization returned to Cyprus yesterday. Hunger is another weapon of war. There is in Gaza and José Andrés tried to alleviate it.