U.S. State Department official resigns over disagreement on Israel’s impediment of aid to Gaza

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29th May 2024 – (Washington) A recent report by The Washington Post revealed that a high-ranking official from the U.S. State Department resigned this week due to a disagreement over the department’s assessment of Israel’s involvement in impeding the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. The outgoing official, Stacy Gilbert, from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, expressed her differing view in an email, which was read by two anonymous US officials.

The State Department’s report, known as National Security Memorandum 20 (NSM-20), published on 10th May, stated that although aid to Gaza remains insufficient, the US government does not currently believe that Israel is restricting the delivery of U.S. humanitarian assistance. However, Gilbert and a majority of aid and humanitarian organizations hold the view that Israeli forces have indeed obstructed aid deliveries.

The resignations of State Department officials in protest of the US government’s perceived bias in favour of Israel, despite the escalating civilian death toll and human suffering caused by Israel’s military operation in response to Hamas’ attack, have become increasingly common.