(VINnews) — The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has a history of being accused of political bias, as well as not fulfilling its supposed mission of helping those in need, is being slammed as a powerless and negligent group who has essentially thrown Israeli hostages under the bus.Join our WhatsApp group
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In a TikTok clip of a KAN News interview with an Israeli Magen David Adom employee named Aryeh, the man slammed the Red Cross for its complete negligence, incompetence, and indifference in treating Israeli hostages.
“May I say something else regarding the Red Cross? You are a powerless group.”
“Give us information about our people,” he continued, referring to the hostages remaining in Hamas captivity. “Make sure that everyone gets the medication they need from the lists that you received already on Sunday. Do your jobs. As part of Magen David Adom, I am embarrassed to be associated with the Red Cross.”
The Red Cross has been harshly criticized for its abysmal failure to provide adequate care for Israeli hostages–and its refusal to make efforts to gain access to the hostages still being held.
After elderly hostage Alma Avraham was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition after being released, a relative said that he had tried to hand a Red Cross medic her medication to give her, but that he refused to accept it, saying it was against their protocols.
The Jerusalem Institute of Justice recently sent a letter to the ICRC, observing the disgraceful fact that the group made several social media posts about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but not a single post about the hostages and other Israeli victims from the October 7 massacre.
And last week, the family members of the American hostages in Gaza, who are in complete despair, penned an impassioned letter urging the Red Cross to act on its responsibility to visit the hostages and provide life-saving care to those in need.
“The U.S. funds 25% of the Red Cross’s budget. Yet not a single American hostage has been visited to date,” they said.
The family members of the American hostages in Gaza urge the Red Cross to act on its imperative to visit them and provide life-saving care to those in need.
“The U.S. funds 25% of the Red Cross’s budget. Yet not a single American hostage has been visited to date,” they say. pic.twitter.com/DfyklM2FmG
— Jacob N. Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 1, 2023
Allegations of bias by the ICRC go back decades. In the 2000’s, the Republican Policy Committee of the US Senate accused the ICRC of engaging in activism, in violation of the core principles of impartiality and neutrality that it claims to embody.
It went further, alleging that the ICRC attempts to “reinterpret and expand international law so as to afford terrorists and insurgents the same rights and privileges as military personnel of States Party to the Geneva Conventions,” and “lobby for arms control issues that are not within the organization’s mandate.”
About three weeks after the Hamas terror attack, 1,200 lawyers worldwide signed a letter written by the Israeli human rights group Shurat HaDin, condemning the Red Cross for not doing enough to help the hostages. The attorneys accused the group of repeating the “mistakes” of indifference that it admitted to making during the Holocaust.