World Central Kitchen Workers Killed in Israeli Strike Honored With Memorial

The dedication and compassion of mankind were on full display when seven relief workers from World Central Kitchen (WCK) sadly died in Israeli attacks. José Andrés, the organization’s founder, expressed his profound appreciation to everybody who came to Washington National Cathedral to honor these courageous people. The unfortunate deaths must be investigated immediately, Andrés said, and people should continue helping and feeding strangers if they have to, even if it means risking their own lives.

Among the seven employees were John Chapman, James Kirby, and James Henderson, all from the United Kingdom; Jacob Flickinger, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada; Lalzawmi Frankcom, an Australian; and Damiam Sobol, a Polish citizen; Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, a Palestinian.

As they left one of WCK’s warehouses in a convoy, the cars were ripped apart by explosives launched from Israeli armed drones. On the altar behind Andrés, there were flags representing the nations of origin of the fallen aid workers, as well as the Palestinian flag in its four colors—red, green, black, and white. More than 500 mourners who crammed into the seats obstructed the cathedral’s spectacular stained glass windows.

As a result of the deaths of his charity workers, Andrés and his work became famous and beloved across the world. As a result of the casualties, the administration and others have pushed for a change in strategy by the Israeli military in Gaza, which is under the authority of Hamas. There is an immediate humanitarian catastrophe, and relief workers and Palestinian civilians are among those most in need of protection. The impending danger of starvation in the area has also prompted concerns from the UN.

After the incident, numerous humanitarian relief organizations, including World Central Kitchen, stopped operating in the area. According to an Israeli inquiry, military officers participating in the strike violated regulations by basing their choices on a single low-quality picture. The Israeli military disciplined three individuals and removed two commanders.

Douglas Emhoff, the husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris, and Kurt Campbell, the US Deputy Secretary of State, were among those in attendance. Diplomats from more than 30 nations also attended the burial, which included a bagpiper’s homage. Democratic Chris Van Hollen, who is recognized for his efforts on behalf of humanitarian workers and Palestinian civilians, attended the burial.