Gaza war: if there’s a lesson from the Berlin airlift it’s that political will is required to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe

Abdullah Yusuf, Claudia Milena Adler

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Abstract

The desperate plight of the population of Gaza suggests that in this conflict humanitarian aid has become politicised. In 1948, when there was a clear-cut political consensus in the West that the people of Berlin must be helped in their hour of need, it was possible to mount and sustain such an enormous operation. To do so again with the people of Gaza will take the same political will. It’s not entirely clear, at least not yet, from the leaders of Israel’s western allies, that this political will exists. This is where a lesson can be drawn from Berlin, and it is a scandal that it is taking so long for this to happen.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Peace
  • hunger
  • justice
  • conflict resolution
  • United Nations and other international organizations

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