Global Review – 23rd May

The New York Times reports the UN has called for “the full adherence” to the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The 15-member Security Council also stressed “the immediate need for humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza.” Meanwhile, Egyptian mediators held talks to firm up the cease-fire, as Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip began to assess the damage from 11 days of intense Israeli bombardment. Al Quds says that a 130-truck convoy with humanitarian aid and medical supplies reached the Gaza border from Egypt. UNICEF delivered 18 containers of aid, life-saving humanitarian supplies for families in the Gaza Strip, where nearly 50,000 children have had to flee their homes due to the war.

Supporters of Palestinian rights hold protests

Protesters rallied in cities across the United States, France, the UK, Australia and Canada in support of Palestinians, on Saturday, the first full day of a truce that ended the fourth Israel-Hamas conflict in just over a decade. CNN reports protesters accused the Israeli Government of using disproportionate force and indiscriminately bombing densely-populated civilian areas in Gaza. The Israeli government has accused Hamas of launching rocket attacks from those population centres.

Thurnberg takes on food industry

According to Deutsche Welle, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has called for changes to food production and consumption in a bid to tackle a trio of threats facing the world. “The climate crisis, ecological crisis and health crisis, they are all interlinked,” Thunberg said in a video posted on social media on Saturday to mark International Biodiversity Day.

Activists block UK McDonalds sites

Euronews says McDonald’s restaurants in the UK faced disruption on Saturday after a group of activists blocked off four of the company’s distribution centres. Protesters from the Animal Rebellion group used trucks and bamboo structures to cut off deliveries to other company venues. The activists want the US-based fast-food giant to fully switch to plant-based foods by 2025.

Former BBC news chief resigns

The Observer reports that former BBC director general Lord Hall resigned as president of the National Gallery in the wake of protests. The resignation follows the investigation into the 1995 interview with Princess Diana. Lord Hall was BBC news director when Martin Bashir got the scoop using fake IDs.Meanwhile, Bashir has told The Sunday Times he “never wanted to harm” Diana with her 1995 interview with Panorama, adding: “I don’t believe we did.” Bashir said he was “deeply sorry” to her sons, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex.