World Central Kitchen Founder Says Israel Targeted His Aid Workers ‘Systematically, Car by Car’

Celebrity chef José Andrés previously defended Israel's conduct in Gaza

José Andrés, a celebrity chef and founder of the World Central Kitchen, said Wednesday that Israel killed aid workers for his organization “systematically” and “car by car.”

Seven WCK workers, including an American and three British nationals, were killed by an Israeli drone that targeted three cars with at least three missiles until there were no survivors left. Israeli officials have claimed it was an accident, an assertion backed by the US, but Andrés said he wasn’t buying the story.

The WCK workers also coordinated with the Israeli military and were traveling along a pre-approved route when they were killed. “This was not just a bad luck situation where ‘oops’ we dropped the bomb in the wrong place,” Andrés said, according to Reuters. “Even if we were not in coordination with the (Israeli military), no democratic country and no military can be targeting civilians and humanitarians.”

Andrés, a Spanish-American, said the US should do more to stop Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. “The US must do more to tell Prime Minister Netanyahu this war needs to end now,” he said.

Andrés had previously defended Israel’s conduct in Gaza in response to a Spanish minister calling it a genocide back in October. “You as minister have to first recognize that the Hamas attack against civilians is a terrorist act… and that Israel is defending its citizens… then you can ask for restraint and respect for the lives of civilians in Gaza,” he wrote on X.

The Grayzone recently reported that the US and Israel were working closely with Andrés and the WCK and saw the aid group as a potential replacement for the UN’s Palestinian relief agency, UNRWA. The US stopped funding UNRWA over unsubstantiated claims from Israel that 12 of its employees participated in the October 7 attack.

The Israeli killing of the aid workers has led the WCK and other aid organizations to suspend operations in Gaza, and some aid has been turned back, contributing to the Israeli starvation blockade on the Strip.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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