Statement on Israeli’s Use of Starvation as a Tool of Genocide

March 2nd, 2024 - by International Coalition to Stop Genocide in Palestine & Union of Agricultural Work Committees

Joint Statement on the Israeli Occupation’s
Use of Starvation as a Tool of Genocide
International Coalition to Stop Genocide in Palestine

We, the undersigned organizations and movements, vehemently denounce the Israeli occupation’s use of starvation as a tool of genocide in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli occupation’s systematic destruction of Palestinian food systems, deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure, and obstruction of humanitarian aid constitute egregious violations of international law and fundamental human rights principles.

We call on all states and international institutions to undertake any and all action possible including sanctions and arms embargoes to bring an immediate end to the obstruction of humanitarian, life sustaining, and life-saving supplies to Palestinians in Gaza, to investigate all state and non-state actors who have directly and indirectly participated in the obstruction and/or destruction of supplies to Gaza, and we ask that the campaign to de-fund UNRWA be investigated as a possible act toward furtherance and facilitation of starvation and/or genocide.

The deliberate withholding of essential resources, including food, with the intent of starving the Palestinian population of Gaza constitutes a gross violation of international law, human rights, and the principles of justice and humanity. Article II (c) of the Genocide Convention defines as genocide “Deliberately inflicting on [a national, ethnical, racial or religious] group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

The Israeli occupation’s deliberate destruction of Palestinian food systems and obstruction of humanitarian aid by Israel clearly fall within the ambit of this definition. These actions also flagrantly violate the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which safeguards the rights of civilians during times of armed conflict, and constitute crimes against humanity, as recognized under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The disruption and destruction of Palestinian food systems by the Israeli occupation exacerbate the dire situation in Gaza and are not merely intended to starve the population in the short term. The current deliberate targeting by Israel of agricultural lands, livestock, and fishing boats (a genocidal intensification of 75 years of brutal settler colonial occupation that has denied Palestinians their right to self-rule) further undermines the ability of Palestinians to access and produce food, and is intended to ensure their ongoing poverty and malnutrition, and deny them the fundamental right to food sovereignty.

Just as the bombing of civilian populations in Gaza constitute “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group,” these too are genocidal acts to which not only Israel but all the countries, individuals and corporations supplying weapons to and otherwise supporting the Israeli Occupation Forces are complicit.

Similarly, the ongoing attacks on and defunding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) by Israel’s allies makes them complicit in the use of starvation as genocide.

We demand that all possible actions, including those mentioned above, be taken to end the use of starvation as genocide in Gaza, and that the perpetrators of and accomplices to this heinous crime be brought to justice.

Signatories (Partial List)

  1. Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Palestine
  2. Palestinian Assembly for Liberation, International
  3. PAL Commission on War Crimes, International
  4. Global Legal Alliance for Palestine, International
  5. PAL-Awda NY/NJ, USA
  6. PAL-Awda Ohio, USA
  7. Popular Resistance, USA
  8. Black Alliance for Peace, USA
  10. Palestine Solidarity Alliance Youth League (PSA YL), South Africa
  11. International Association of Democratic Lawyers, International
  12. Comité Internacional Paz, Justicia y Dignidad a los Pueblos, International
  13. Consejo de Educación Popular de América Latina y el Caribe – CEAAL International
  14. La Araña Feminista/ MMM Venezuela
  15. Asamblea Social de Luchas y Resistencias del Foro Social Mundial International
  16. Universidad Popular de Movimientos Sociales (UPMS), International
  17. Asociación Egeria desarrollo social, Spain
  18. Uno y Múltiple (Antropologías de Venezuela) Venezuela
  19. Mujeres por la Paz, Spain
  20. Movimiento Evita, Argentina
  21. Keshab Khadka, Nepal
  22. Tax and Fiscal Justice Alliance, Nepal
  23. Fórum de Política Feminista de Granada, Spain
  24. Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice Forum, Nepal
  25. Canadian Voices for Palestinian Rights, Canada
  26. ContrahegemoniaWeb, Argentina
  27. Liga de Unidad Socialista (LUS), Mexico
  28. Colectivo de Reflexión Universitario (CRU) de la Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
  29. Opal Group International
  30. Comite de Solidadid con Palestina en Guadalajara, Mexico
  31. Mexiro AC, Mexico
  32. Movimiento Comunista Mexicano – MCM Núcleo Jalisco, Mexico
  33. Transcontingenta, Mexico
  35. MOVIMIENTO COMUNISTA MEXICANO – Núcleo Jalisco, Mexico
  36. Movimiento Garibaldi, Mexico
  37. Memoria y resistencia, Mexico
  38. Asociación de la comunidad hispanopalestina Jerusalén, Spain
  39. Intersindical Soludària, Spain
  40. Mujeres Por La Igualdad Calo, Spain
  41. Partido Comunista de los Pueblos de España (PCPE), Spain
  42. Forum de Política Feminista Córdoba Spain
  43. Bizilur, Basque Country
  44. Comité de solidaridad con los pueblos – Interpueblos Cantabria, Spain
  45. Foro Feminista de Castilla y León, Spain
  46. ADAVAS – León, Spain
  47. Fórum Feminista de Madrid, Spain
  48. Sindicato Independiente de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico
  49. Peace Action Montgomery, USA
  50. Migrant Roots Media, USA
  51. Quad Cities Coalition for Palestine, USA
  52. International Jurists Union IJU – Geneva office, Switzerland
  53. Geneva Centre for Democracy & Human Rights, Switzerland
  54. Centro di ricerca ed elaborazione per la democrazia (CRED), Italy
  55. Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Illinois – Chicago, USA
  56. Chicago United Solidarity Project (CUSP), USA
  57. American Civic and Humanitarian Coalition, USA
  58. Environmentalists Against War, USA