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‘I was shocked’: Meet the State Department official who quit after report denies Israel blocking Gaza aid

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After working at the US State Department for over 20 years, Stacy Gilbert quit US President Joe Biden’s administration recently after a report she contributed to concluded Israel was not obstructing humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

Gilbert served as a senior civil military adviser in the State Department’s chief humanitarian office, which features heavily in internal policy discussions over Gaza.

Despite “abundant evidence showing Israel is responsible for blocking aid,” the report concluded the opposite and was used by the Biden administration to justify continuing to send billions of dollars of weapons to Israel.

Gilbert says she was “shocked” to find that the report concluded Israel was not not blocking humanitarian assistance: “That is not the view of subject matter experts at the State Department, at USAID, nor among the humanitarian community. And that was known. That was absolutely known to the administration for a very long time.”

Gilbert says there is a clear pattern by Israel “of arbitrarily limiting, restricting or just outright blocking assistance going in that has caused the very grave situation in Gaza.”

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