Head of aid group struck by IDF: ‘Israel better than the way this war is being waged’

File: José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, speaks onstage during a summit on September 19, 2023 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
File: José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, speaks onstage during a summit on September 19, 2023 in New York City. (Bryan Bedder / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

In an op-ed for Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, the head of the humanitarian organization that saw seven volunteers killed by an Israeli strike in Gaza on Monday night, writes: “Israel is better than the way this war is being waged… It’s time for the best of Israel to show up.”

José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, says: “The seven people killed on a World Central Kitchen mission in Gaza on Monday were the best of humanity. They risked everything for the most fundamentally human activity: to share our food with others.

“From day one [of the war], we have fed Israelis as well as Palestinians. All across Israel, we have served more than 1.75 million hot meals. We have fed families displaced by Hezbollah rockets in the north. We have fed grieving families from the south. We delivered meals to the hospitals where hostages were reunited with their families. We have called consistently, repeatedly and passionately for the release of all the hostages,” he writes.

“We know Israelis. Israelis, in their heart of hearts, know that food is not a weapon of war,” he says. “Israel is better than the way this war is being waged. It is better than blocking food and medicine to civilians. It is better than killing aid workers who coordinated their movements with the IDF.

“The Israeli government needs to open land routes to food and medicine today. It needs to stop killing civilians and aid workers today. It needs to start the long journey to peace today.

“In the worst conditions, after the worst terrorist attack in its history, it’s time for the best of Israel to show up. You cannot save the hostages by bombing every building in Gaza. You cannot win this war by starving an entire population.”

“The people of Israel need to remember, at this darkest hour, what strength truly looks like.”

The full op-ed can be read in the link above.

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