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HRC Prompts Correction of False Neil Macdonald Claim that Israel Restricts Food Aid to Gaza

by Mike Fegelman
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Once again, Neil Macdonald has spread mistruths about Israel, abetted by the CBC News website. Once again, HRC has caught him in the act prompting the CBC to issue a “clarification” for his falsely claiming that Israel restricts food aid to Gaza.

On March 10, Macdonald penned a column on CBC Opinion entitled: “Anti-BDS laws are more than words. They are a legal attempt to punish a passive act” where Macdonald erroneously wrote the following:

Washington, for example, was furious when Venezuelan troops blocked foreign food shipments and shot protesters, but regards Israel’s blockade of foreign food aid to Gaza and its troops shooting Gazan protesters — which Israel defends on security grounds — as completely justified.”

Contrary to Macdonald’s claims, Israel doesn’t block foreign food aid to Gaza. It enforces a UN-approved legal maritime blockade of Gaza as Hamas transfers weaponry to Palestinian terrorists. Israel regularly transfers thousands of tonnes of food aid on a weekly basis to Gazans. The aid just has to be screened for security reasons by Israel. The only items that are blockaded are things that could provide material support for terrorists or which could be refashioned and used for dual-usage weapons by terrorists.

According to COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories) “On average, 15,000 tons of goods enter the Gaza Strip from Israel on a daily basis. In spite of the many challenges, dozens of truck-drivers transfer a wide range of goods for residents of Gaza, including health and beauty products, electronics, raw materials for construction, food, and more.”

See COGAT’S video here or below:

This statement deserves to be corrected for the record, a message that we relayed directly with CBC News.

We are pleased to report that CBC News has issued the following clarification notice to set the record straight:

As well, the text of Macdonald’s commentary was amended too. Here’s a before and after:

Before: “Washington, for example, was furious when Venezuelan troops blocked foreign food shipments and shot protesters, but regards Israel’s blockade of foreign food aid to Gaza and its troops shooting Gazan protesters — which Israel defends on security grounds — as completely justified.”

After: “Washington, for example, was furious when Venezuelan troops blocked foreign food shipments and shot protesters, but regards Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza and its troops shooting Gazan protesters — which Israel defends on security grounds — as completely justified.”

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