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Amira Hass: 2,279 Calories Per Person – How Israel Made Sure Gaza Didn’t Starve

State forced to release 'red lines' document for food consumption in the coastal Strip following legal battle; official: state has right to determine who it assists.

By Amira HassOct.17, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After a three-and-a-half-year legal battle waged by the Gisha human rights organization, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has finally released a 2008 document that detailed its "red lines" for "food consumption in the Gaza Strip."

The document calculates the minimum number of calories necessary, in COGAT's view, to keep Gaza residents from malnutrition at a time when Israel was tightening its restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Strip, including food products and raw materials. The document states that Health Ministry officials were involved in drafting it, and the calculations were based on "a model formulated by the Ministry of Health … according to average Israeli consumption," though the figures were then "adjusted to culture and experience" in Gaza.

Full article you find here: Haaretz

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