3 April, 2024

Mapping Tragedy: Satellite Power Reveals Israeli World Central Kitchen Injustice

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Satellite maps of Israeli strike that killed World Central Kitchen members in Gaza

"Israeli Strike Kills 7 World Central Kitchen members in Gaza"

"Seven aid workers with World Central Kitchen were killed in the Gaza Strip when their convoy came under fire, according to the aid organization and Gazan health officials. The disaster relief organization, founded by the Spanish chef José Andrés, said the convoy was hit in an Israeli strike." - NY Times

Netanyahu's government has cut water and power; blocked internet access in Gaza, killed journalists have been killed. This makes it hard to get details of the Israeli strike that killed seven members of World Kitchen Central. Satellite imagery provides a glimpse of the tragedy in Gaza.

Belling Cat provides a free app with satellite imagery of Gaza supplemented with geo-tagged images from the ground. Access their Gaza Damage Proxy Map here

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Use satellite powered maps to see what Netanyahu is doing in Gaza

Free Bellingcat app assesses damage in Gaza

The Gaza Damage Proxy Map uses previously established and tested methodology to provide estimates of damage to buildings. The data is updated approximately one to two times per week as new satellite imagery is gathered by the Sentinel-1 satellite. It therefore represents cumulative damage since October 10, not real-time damage to buildings. 

Although the information provided by the tool is an estimate, it helps quickly gain an overview of damaged areas in the Gaza Strip.


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Netanyahu Government kills World Central Kitchen team members in Gaza.

World Central Kitchen mourns deaths

"World Central Kitchen is devastated to confirm seven members of our team have been killed in an IDF strike in Gaza. The WCK team was traveling in a deconflicted zone in two armored cars branded with the WCK logo and a soft skin vehicle. The seven killed are from Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and Palestine.

Despite coordinating movements with the IDF, the convoy was hit as it was leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse, where the team had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza on the maritime route.

“This is not only an attack against WCK, this is an attack on humanitarian organizations showing up in the most dire of situations where food is being used as a weapon of war. This is unforgivable,” said World Central Kitchen CEO Erin Gore.

“I am heartbroken and appalled that we—World Central Kitchen and the world—lost beautiful lives today because of a targeted attack by the IDF. The love they had for feeding people, the determination they embodied to show that humanity rises above all, and the impact they made in countless lives will forever be remembered and cherished,” said Erin. - World Central Kitchen

Israeli Strike Kills 7 World Central Kitchen members in Gaza

José Andrés: Let People Eat

"The seven people killed on a World Central Kitchen mission in Gaza on Monday were the best of humanity. They are not faceless or nameless. They are not generic aid workers or collateral damage in war. Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, John Chapman, Jacob Flickinger, Zomi Frankcom, James Henderson, James Kirby and Damian Sobol risked everything for the most fundamentally human activity: to share our food with others.

From Day 1, we have fed Israelis as well as Palestinians. 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.

We know Israelis. Israelis, in their heart of hearts, know that food is not a weapon of war. 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 had coordinated their movements with the Israel Defense Forces.

Netanyahu has said of the Israeli killings of our team, “It happens in war.” It was a direct attack on clearly marked vehicles whose movements were known by the Israel Defense Forces.

The Israeli government needs to open more land routes for food and medicine today. Netanyahu's government needs to stop killing civilians and aid workers today. It needs to start the long journey to peace today. You cannot save the hostages by bombing every building in Gaza. You cannot win this war by starving an entire population." - José Andrés in NY Times (excerpted)

TakeAway: Netanyahu Wrought Carnage on Israel. He Should Have Resigned Already - Haaertz. Hold an election in Israel.


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