Globe & Mail Article Falsely Claims There’s A Shortage Of Food Entering Gaza

April 26, 2024

In his latest report from the Middle East published on April 21 in The Globe and Mail entitled: “In northern Gaza, Palestinians say hunger spares no one as cost of basics soars,” International Correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe, reported on the alleged “famine” in the northern Gaza Strip, while failing to acknowledge key and essential details of central importance to the story.

Vanderklippe depicted a catastrophic image of food shortages in Gaza, writing that “nine in 10 of the world’s hungriest people – those categorized as being in a catastrophic situation – are in Gaza.”

This statement is patently false. There are more food trucks entering Gaza on a daily basis today than were entering the territory before October 7, when Hamas launched its massacres against Israel, and news media outlets were not gullibly repeating claims of famine there.

As a result of the huge influx of aid entering Gaza, images from many parts of the area show markets full of fruits, vegetables and other items. In one remarkable video, a vendor attempted to sell a can of food for 1 shekel (40 cents CAD), with passersby clearly disinterested, belying depictions of a “famine.”

In another video, filmed April 16 in the southern Gaza region of Rafah, an angry vendor smacked a video camera away when it is shown documenting the overflowing stalls at an open-air market.

Despite depicting Gaza as representing the overwhelming majority of starving people in the world, a recent report by Clingendael, a Dutch think tank, pointed out that the Sub-Saharan country of Sudan was facing, “according to the most likely scenario,” a famine so widespread that “seven million people will face catastrophic levels of hunger by June 2024,” making it “the world’s largest hunger crisis in decades.”

For perspective, that subset of Sudan represents more than three times the entire population of the Gaza Strip, meaning that the reference of 90 percent of famine-facing people being in Gaza is simply fanciful and utterly without merit.

Additionally, studies purporting to project an impending famine in Gaza have simultaneously acknowledged that “there is no data available on nutrition” to come to a conclusion, yet have created their apocalyptic forecasting anyway.

Simply put, there are huge amounts of food entering Gaza, images from the territory show that, at least in many parts, food is plentiful, and projections of famine are based on extremely flimsy ‘data’.

If there are shortages of food in Gaza, it is patently clear that the issue is not the amount of aid that is entering the territory, but rather how it is being distributed by groups like UNRWA, the United Nations agency with ties to Hamas.

As well, inside Gaza, armed fighters have stolen humanitarian aid, locals have accused Hamas terrorists of stealing aid from the civilian population, and as of mid-April, the contents of hundreds of aid trucks have sat inside Gaza, waiting for United Nations agencies to distribute them to the local population.

Despite this incontrovertible data, Vanderklippe’s article uncritically quoted United Nations officials as alleging that the issue is increasing the “flow of food into Gaza,” when that is demonstrably not the case.

Less than two weeks prior, Vanderklippe published an article where he depicted Israel as the villain thrusting Gaza into misfortune, all while downplaying Hamas’ culpability, and in December, 2023, another of his articles whitewashed extremist anti-Israel activism on college and university campuses.

Nathan Vanderklippe’s latest article in The Globe & Mail gave extended and uncritical coverage to false allegations of famine in Gaza, all while falsely suggesting that there is a shortage of food being delivered into Gaza when, in reality, any issues relate to theft by Hamas and incompetence by the United Nations.

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