Daily News Lesson


Oct. 12, 2023, 4:42 p.m.

Israel cuts off food, water and fuel to Gaza amid bombardment

Teacher's note: This story may weigh heavily on your students' minds; they likely have already come across violent and disturbing images associated with the attacks. Be sure to review all materials and check in with students as to how they are feeling. Let them know you, school counselors and administrators are there for them and are available to talk.

This is our third lesson on the conflict. See our first lesson here and second lesson here.


Death tolls soared after five days of of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas. More than 1,200 Israelis and 1,100 Palestinians are now dead with many still missing. In Gaza, the last power station has run out of fuel. There will soon be no electricity, no water or sanitation and food is starting to become scarce.

If time is limited, you can watch up to the 3:22 mark to learn the latest from the war itself. Or from 3:22 on to learn more about the political and international response to the war.

For a transcript of the video, click here.

News wrap alternative: Check out recent segments from the NewsHour, and choose the story you’re most interested in watching. You can make a Google doc copy of discussion questions that work for any of the stories here.

Warm-up questions

  • What action led to Israel strikes and blockades on Gaza?
  • Who is affected by the blockade?
  • How many people live in the Gaza strip?
  • Why have Israeli authorities cut off fuel and supplies to Gaza?
  • When did Israel begin a blockade of supplies and fuel to Gaza?

Focus question

What do you think the international community should do to help reduce escalating tensions and avoid growing catastrophe in the region?

Media literacy activity

Why do you think PBS NewsHour anchor Amna Nawaz went to Israel to report on this story? What do you think it adds to reporting that she's in the region and not just a studio in the U.S.?

For more

What students can do: It's important to view a number of sources to understand the background and current state of affairs in Israel as much as possible.

Take a look at the sources below and choose one or two to read/watch. Then complete the See, Think, Wonder questions: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What would you like to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

Additional sources

What to know as the war between Israel and Hamas continues (Associated Press via NewsHour)

What the escalating Palestinian-Israeli crisis means for Middle East relations (NewsHour with Prof. Shibley Telhami)

What is Hamas? What to know about its origins, leaders and funding (Council on Foreign Relations via NewsHour)

The Hamas Attacks and Israeli Response: An Explainer (Jewish Currents)

DEBUNKING INSANE Israel-Palestine Lies Spreading Online (Breaking Points)

Survivors of Hamas assault on music fest describe horrors and how they made it out alive (NewsHour)

Israeli Conscientious Objector Haggai Matar: Hamas Attack Reflects Israeli Violence in Palestine (Democracy Now!)

NSC spokesman says Iran ‘complicit’ in Hamas terror but no evidence it helped plan attack (NewsHour)

US Media's Pro-Israel Propaganda Interrupted By Palestinian Mustafa Barghouti's CNN Interview (Majority Report with Sam Seder)

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