Michael Boyden

The Starving Palestinians in Gaza

President Biden’s proposal to establish a beach head in the Gaza Strip to provide the Palestinians with food is primarily aimed at placating pro-Hamas voters in the forthcoming US Presidential Election.

Few, if any, of Gaza’s citizens are starving. If they were, you can rest assured that their propagandists would have already flooded the media with photographs of emaciated children.

Where were they when their fellow Palestinians were building a tunnel system longer than that of the the London Underground? That was a colossal project. Many of them were involved and they must have all known about it. They were collaborators. They were not innocent by-standers. The artifical distinction between Hamas terrorists and innocent Palestinians is belied by the facts on the ground. When you start a war, don’t moan when you pay a price for it!

What about the 134 Israelis including children still being held captive in Gaza? One of the released Thai hostages reported that they were all severely underfed and given one pitta each per day. He had to eat paper to relieve his stomach pains.

Elderly women, who were abducted to the Gaza Strip by Hamas and returned to Israel in the first two phases of the hostage deal, experienced an average weight loss of 8 to 15 kilograms (up to 33 pounds) in captivity. Who cared about that?

Where is the co-called international community clamoring for the release of the remaining hostages, and why did it take the United Nations five months (!) to release a report indicating that they had found signs that sexual violence was committed in multiple locations during the Hamas-led Oct. 7 attacks on Israel, and that some hostages being held in the Gaza Strip had also been subjected to rape and sexual torture?

Jewish lives and Jewish suffering are of little concern to many, anti-Semitism has gone mainstream and the Muslim vote can help win elections. Just Google “the Muslim Vote”.

If President Biden wants to help starving children, he could start in East Africa. Oxfam reported last year that one person was likely to die from starvation there every 28 seconds. However, helping them isn’t going to bring in the votes.

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.