Podcast Episode On TheConversation.com Presents Warped View Of Hamas-Israel Conflict

March 28, 2024

In a recent March 21 episode of Vinita Srivastava’s podcast produced by TheConversation.com entitled: “Starvation is a weapon of war: Gazans are paying the price,” the program’s host interviewed Hilal Elver, a research professor of Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and formerly United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, where the two discussed the situation in Gaza.

Elver referenced a recent report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) predicting famine in Gaza. In her remarks, Elver painted a picture of a humanitarian catastrophe taking place in Gaza, and squarely placed the entire blame on Israel, which she claimed was acting with “impunity”. She even implied that the Israelis are behaving like Nazis, “I can understand Israel’s founding was important after the humanitarian catastrophe. Now we are completely seeing historical problems repeating again but victims and perpetrators become completely different.” Importantly, comparing Israeli actions to the Nazis fits the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Srivastava and Elver’s supposed humanitarian care and co-creation of a fantasy situation where Israel is not acting in self-defense, but is the disproportionate aggressor, is laid bare by their choice omissions. By giving barely a nod to how the war started and utterly ignoring the ongoing threat to Israel’s existence, they are freed of the facts and are able to let their biases run unfettered.

On October 7, thousands of Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel, raping, murdering, torturing and kidnapping as many innocent civilians as they could find. To date, there are still more than 130 hostages being held, and the group has promised never to cease its war until Israel is annihilated and replaced with an Islamic theocracy.

In all their supposed concern about humanity, Elver and Srivastava made no mention of the men, women and children currently held hostage and how their immediate release would stop the war in its tracks.

On the contrary, Elver’s solution is to call on the international community to impose trade and economic sanctions to isolate Israel, which she believes will stop the conflict. She evinces not an iota of concern for Israel’s survival.

Despite Elver’s resounding support of the claim of imminent famine, video footage shows plentiful food in many parts of Gaza.

Such scenes are unsurprising, given the huge amounts of humanitarian aid that has entered Gaza – 50% more than prewar levels, including food and medical supplies. Since the beginning of the war, 349,640 tonnes of aid has entered Gaza, including 19,510 tonnes of medical supplies and despite Elver’s claim that babies die on their second day of life from lack of milk, 500,000 boxes of baby formula have entered Gaza. Elver claimed that Israel obstructs the entrance of aid, but Israel approves roughly 98.5% of all deliveries. However, video footage shows a Gazan woman accusing Hamas of taking the aid to their houses and tunnels and The UN is often inefficient in distributing the aid.

Srivastava took time to defend UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency with ties to Palestinian terrorism and whose staff took part in the October 7 massacres. Whitewashing the group’s fatal connections to Hamas, she said only that “supposedly some of its employees have supported Hamas attacks,” when the damning evidence goes far deeper. A hostage reported being held captive by an UNWRA teacher. Hamas terror tunnels have been found next to an UNWRA school, and Hamas’s data command centre was positioned under an UNWRA school.

TheConversation.com continues to portray a warped view of the Hamas-Israel war, supporting Hamas’s inverted narrative of victimhood to garner international support. This news outlet which receives Canadian government funding from the Canada Periodical Fund, the government of Quebec, and scores of Canadian universities, obscures the truth: Hamas is responsible for the considerable harm on both sides of the war, Israel behaves with astounding humanity.


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