While famine arrives in Gaza, US Senate rejects Bernie Sanders’ bid to probe Israel over Gaza human rights concerns

There is a risk of Famine and it is increasing each day that the current situation of intense hostilities and restricted humanitarian access persists or worsens. The intensification of the hostilities, further reduction in access to food, basic services, and lifesaving assistance, and the extreme concentration or isolation of people in inadequate shelters or areas without basic services are major factors that contribute to increasing this risk. The IPC REPORT
Children try to get food relief in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on December 31, 2023.

Report from CNN: The heads of the World Food Program – (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization said that getting enough supplies into and across Gaza depends on the opening of new entry routes; more trucks being allowed through border checks each day; fewer restrictions on the movement of humanitarian workers; and guarantees of safety for people accessing and distributing aid. “People in Gaza risk dying of hunger just miles from trucks filled with food,” said WFP head Cindy McCain. “Every hour lost puts countless lives at risk. We can keep famine at bay but only if we can deliver sufficient supplies and have safe access to everyone in need, wherever they are.”

The WFP warned in early December that the “catastrophic hunger crisis” in Gaza which “already threatens to overwhelm the civilian population” will only intensify.

In one response, Senator Bernie Sanders presented a bill before the Senate yesterday to address the issue of Humanitarian AID and military funding to Israel.

Per CBS, “In a notable test Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders forced colleagues to decide whether to investigate human rights abuses in the Israel-Hamas war, a step toward potentially limiting U.S. military aid to Israel as its devastating attacks on Gaza grind past 100 days.

Senators overwhelmingly rejected the effort, a first of its kind tapping into a decades-old law that would require the State Department to, within 30 days, produce a report on whether the Israeli war effort in Gaza is violating human rights and international accords. If the administration failed to do so, U.S. military aid to Israel, long assured without question, could be quickly halted.