The Israeli government calculated the minimum number of food calories necessary to keep Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from becoming malnourished during Israel’s siege on the territory, an official document released by court order reveals.
The government of Israel did in fact calculate the minimum number of food calories necessary to keep Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from becoming malnourished during Israel’s siege on the territory.
The 2008 document shows that Israel’s Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), worked to restrict Gaza’s food intake along a series of “red lines” designed to avoid a “humanitarian crisis”.
One of the “red lines”, and probably the most stark example of Israel’s virtually limitless control over the coastal enclave, demands that Gazans be supplied, on average, with 1,838.6 grams of food per day. Based on an average Israeli diet modified to account for the “culture and experience” in Gaza, this food would account for the 2,279 calories needed to keep Gazans from starving.
The document also contains information on how Israel controlled the flow of food goods through the border. [Read more...]