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Conservative media blasts José Andrés after Israeli airstrike kills World Central Kitchen workers

Several conservative critics have blasted José Andrés for being a so-called anti-Israel “radical” in the wake of the deadly World Central Kitchen (WCK) drone strikes. On April 1, seven WCK aid workers were killed in an airstrike carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Gaza Strip. The workers were from Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and Palestine.

Andrés is the founder of WCK, the not-for-profit organization that provides fresh meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises, per its official website.

In response to the attack, Daily Wire host Ben Shapiro took to X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) to accuse Andrés of “blood libel.” 

“World Central Kitchen does good work, but this is a blood libel unsupportable by logic or evidence,” Shapiro wrote in a post. “Also, Andres has been accusing Israel of targeting civilians and hospitals for months on Twitter, and called for a ceasefire on October 13, less than a week after October 7.”

Shapiro also called Andrés a “political radical” during a recent episode of his eponymous conservative talk show: “He’s been a political radical for quite a while. Those two things are not in particular contradiction. You can do good things and you can do bad things. Life is filled with these sorts of things.” Shapiro suggested that accusing Israel of facilitating “a war against humanity itself” is an “incredibly vicious proposition.”

The Federalist’s David Harsanyi also accused Andrés of “blood libel,” saying “many Democrats have taken to cynically spreading this blood libel to help Joe Biden mollify the (un-mollifiable) pro-Hamas faction within the Democrat Party.” Harsanyi slammed Andrés’ New York Times guest essay in which he urges Israel to open more land routes for food and medicine to Gaza, calling it “self-aggrandizing.”

Similarly, Newsmax TV host Greg Kelly called Andrés a “swamp favorite” and claimed his “attitude and his attention-seeking may have helped lead to” the deaths of the WCK workers. In a separate episode of his show, “Greg Kelly Reports,” Kelly attacked Andrés’ character, claiming the chef is “not that nice — yelling and screaming at people all over the place.” Kelly also said that while the WCK is an “interesting concept,” it “needs to be disbanded immediately.” He previously said the organization “is in way over its head,” and “maybe it’s time for it to go away.”

Other conservative critics said Andrés was influenced by “pressure from radical anti-Israel activists” and attacked him for calling for a ceasefire. “Who does Andrés think he is … ? … He’s a gourmand who serves traif [non-kosher food],” wrote Matthew Continetti, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, for The Washington Free Beacon. In the same vein, Newsmax TV host Christopher Plante slammed Andrés for “serving gourmet meals to the terrorists.”  

“Well, why aren’t you inside Russia feeding the Russian troops that are attacking Ukraine?” Plante said.

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