Palestinians return to a devastated Gaza neighborhood in May 2021 (Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty)
In its May 2021 war with Gaza militants, Israel used American weapons to destroy U.S. humanitarian projects and damage an American-owned Coca-Cola bottling plant, according to a report by The Intercept.
Damaged or destroyed facilities included:
- Hospitals, water treatment and sanitation facilities funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- A dozen factories built with USAID money
- Dozens of schools operated by the U.S. State Department-backed United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
- More than a hundred UNRWA facilities were struck, causing more than a million dollars in damage.
The impact is far more than financial. As The Intercept‘s Daniel Boguslaw elaborates: