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Israel Didn’t Attack ‘UN School’ After All

Here is a little update that has been buried by our watchdog media, from Israel’s Haaretz:

John Ging (5th R), head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operations in Gaza, visits a U.N.-run school in the northern Gaza Strip January 17, 2009.

UN backtracks on claim that deadly IDF strike hit Gaza school

By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent

The United Nations has reversed its stance on one of the most contentious and bloody incidents of the recent Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza, saying that an IDF mortar strike that killed 43 people on January 6 did not hit one of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency schools after all.

It seems that the UN has been under pressure to put the record straight after doubts arose that the school had actually been targeted. Maxwell Gaylord, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Jerusalem, said Monday that the IDF mortar shells fell in the street near the compound, and not on the compound itself.

Gaylord said that the UN “would like to clarify that the shelling and all of the fatalities took place outside and not inside the school.”

UNRWA, an agency whose sole purpose is to work with Palestinian refugees, said in response Tuesday that it had maintained from the day of attack that the wounded were outside of the school compound. UNRWA said that the source of the mistake in recent weeks had originated with a separate branch of the United Nations.

Senior IDF officials had previously expressed skepticism that the school had been struck, saying that two mortar shells could not kill 43 people and wound dozens more.

Questions about the veracity of the claims that the school had been hit by the IDF were also raised last week by the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. The newspaper said that a teacher in the UNRWA compound at the time of the strike “was adamant” that no people had been killed inside the compound.

The newspaper quoted the teacher as saying that, “I could see some of the people had been injured… But when I got outside, it was crazy hell. There were bodies everywhere, people dead, injured, flesh everywhere.”

The newspaper said that the teacher had been told by the UN not to speak to the media. “Three of my students were killed,” he said. “But they were all outside.”

Funny how these little corrections get so much play, after the original lie was trumpeted on the front page for so long.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Israel Didn’t Attack ‘UN School’ After All”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    The war is over, facts are of no interest now.

  2. bousquem says:

    I bet you two mortar shells could have killed the 43 “people” if said shells hit a truck loaded with high explosives and munitions or just a stockpile the Hamas fighters were carrying/using. Hoisted by their own petards seems to be a good saying if that’s the case for Hamas, couldn’t have happened to better people; being blown sky high by their own bombs and rockets.

    I do agree that it’s amazing how the MSM had things blasted across the media when this first was put out but now when the truth comes out there is not a word to be heard of in the US form the MSM, after all they have to be infallable and can’t make Hamas look bad or Israel look good in any light.

  3. Landshark says:

    Just for grins, ask your liberal friends what would happen if Cuba were firing these sorts of rockets at pre-schools in Miami.

    My answer, “A few months ago, Havana would glow at night. Now, we’d at least send our badminton team.”

  4. beautyofreason says:

    $5 bet that BBC won’t air the correction. Or mention the eyes that Hamas gouged out of Fatah members once Israel left Gaza.

  5. canary says:

    The children weren’t in the school. The terrorists forced those poor children outside, so the cowardly Hama’s could hide in the school.

  6. joeblough says:

    Propaganda war.

    The press is with Hamas.

  7. Oracle says:

    It never ceases to amaze how many folks side with terrorism. Getting behind Hamas (the instigator) instead of Israel (the recipient). Highly doubtful this will change. Unless Islam gets it’s way and then the liberal ideology that supports these radicals will be blinking as they are suppressed into the way of Mohammed. When will the masses wake up and smell the jihad?

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