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Hamas Use Children, UN, Press As Shields

From an outraged Associated Press:

United Nations workers and Palestinian firefighters work to ...

United Nations workers and Palestinian firefighters work to try and put out a fire and save bags of food aid at the United Nations headquarters after it was hit in an Israeli bombardment in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.

Israel Shells UN Headquarters In Gaza

January 15, 2009

A senior Israeli military officer says Israeli troops shelled the U.N. headquarters in Gaza after coming under fire from Palestinian militants.

The Israeli artillery attack Thursday set the compound on fire, destroyed tons of food and humanitarian supplies and forced hundreds of refugees to flee.

Israel says it does not target U.N. buildings or personnel. But the officer says troops opened fire after militants inside the compound shot anti-tank weapons and machine guns. He says the troops used 155 mm artillery shells. Throughout its 20-day offensive in Gaza, Israel has accused Hamas militants of hiding in civilian areas to stage attacks.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement expected later Thursday.

Israeli forces set fire to the compound filled with hundreds of refugees as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was in the region on a mission to end Israel’s devastating offensive against the territory’s Hamas rulers.

Ban expressed "outrage" over the bombing. He said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told him there had been a "grave mistake" and promised to pay extra attention to protecting U.N. installations. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the bombing, which a U.N. official said injured at least three people…

Shells also struck a hospital, five high-rise apartment buildings and a building housing media outlets in Gaza City, injuring several journalists.

Bullets entered another building housing The Associated Press offices, entering a room where two staffers were working but wounding no one. The Foreign Press Association, representing journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories, demanded a halt to attacks on press buildings.

The army has collected the locations of media organizations to avoid such attacks…

Ban, who arrived in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning from Egypt, said he was "outraged" by the attack on the U.N. headquarters.

"I conveyed my strong protest and outrage to the defense minister and foreign minister and demanded a full explanation," Ban said. He said Barak told him there had been a "grave mistake" and promised to pay extra attention to protecting U.N. installations.

The U.N. compound in Gaza had only that morning become a makeshift shelter for hundreds of Gaza City residents seeking sanctuary from relentless Israeli shelling, said a U.N. official in Gaza. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

But shortly after, a shell hit the school, wounding three people, the official said. Two other shells hit a warehouse housing humanitarian supplies and a U.N. parking lot, he said.

The U.N. compound houses the U.N. Works and Relief Agency, which distributes food aid to hundreds of thousands of destitute Gazans in the tiny seaside territory of 1.4 million people.

U.N. spokesmen confirmed that at least three people were wounded but said the fire and smoke engulfing the compound made it impossible to know if it had been completely evacuated.

U.N. spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said the U.N. had given Israel the coordinates of the building and the compound was also clearly marked with U.N. flags and logos. Large stocks of food and fuel used to supply hospital and water pumps were at risk of destruction, as were valuable U.N. archives dating back to 1948, Abu Hasna said.

Hours earlier, thousands of residents had fled their homes with the advance of Israeli ground troops into Gaza City’s Tel Hawwa neighborhood. Many were clad only in their pajamas, and some were wheeling elderly parents in wheelchairs, one of them with an oxygen tank. Others stopped journalists’ armored cars and ambulances pleading for someone to take them to a U.N. compound or to relatives’ homes.

Rasha Hassam, a 25-year-old engineer, ran out of her apartment building carrying her screaming, crying, 6-year-old daughter, Dunia.

"God help us, God help us, where can we flee?" she cried. "All I want is to get my poor child away from here. We want to survive."

Thousands of others were trapped in Tel Hawwa’s high-rise buildings by the fire, too afraid to even attempt to flee.

Three shells hit the Al Quds hospital in the neighborhood, setting its pharmacy building ablaze, trapping about 400 patients and staff inside the main hospital building, said Khaled Abu Zeid, a medic inside the building reached on his mobile phone. Gunfire was also reported around the building. It was not clear how many people inside had been wounded in the fighting.

In the nearby downtown area, Israeli tanks fired shells at five high-rise buildings, Palestinian witnesses said…

Yes, this is from the Associated Press and not Al Jazeera.

But you can see for yourself, that there is very little difference in their reporting.

By the way, remember the last time we had such outrage over the Israelis hitting a UN outpost in Lebanon?

As we noted back in July 2006:

Hezbollah was using UN post as ’shield’

Canadian wrote of militia’s presence, ‘necessity’ of bombing

Joel Kom, with files from Steven Edwards, CanWest News Service

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed in an Israeli bombing of a UN post in Lebanon are evidence Hezbollah was using the post as a "shield" to fire rockets into Israel, says a former UN commander in Bosnia.

Those words, written in an e-mail dated just nine days ago, offer a possible explanation as to why the post — which according to UN officials was clearly marked and known to Israeli forces — was hit by Israel on Tuesday night, said retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie yesterday.

The strike hit the UN observation post in the southern Lebanese village of El Khiam, killing Canadian Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three others serving as unarmed UN military observers in the area.

Just last week, Maj. Hess-von Kruedener wrote an e-mail about his experiences after nine months in the area, words Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie said are an obvious allusion to Hezbollah tactics.

"What I can tell you is this," he wrote in an e-mail to CTV dated July 18. "We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing.

"The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity."

Those words, particularly the last sentence, are not-so-veiled language indicating Israeli strikes were aimed at Hezbollah targets near the post, said Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie.

"What that means is, in plain English, ‘We’ve got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said

Of course there is nothing new in any of this:

The flags of the United Nations and Hezbollah fly side by side.

It is standard practice for terrorists to use the United Nations.

And vice versa.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Hamas Use Children, UN, Press As Shields”

  1. BillK says:

    I wonder how big the arms stash was that Hamas had in the UN building?

  2. joeblough says:

    The UN is infested with criminals of every sort, and will continue practicing all sorts of corruption until they are frightened into caution by enough of their staff having been either arrested or killed.

    There are really no self-imposed limits on these people and their intentions are not good.

    I believe they were caught having sex with children in central Africa.

    That they support the murdering monsters around Israel is really no big surprise at this point.

    The only surprising aspect of this story is that the Israelis didn’t see fit to flatten the facility and kill everyone in it.

    It previous wars that certainly would have been done. And there would have been fewer repercussions as well.

  3. proreason says:

    They should have done it before.

  4. David says:

    How about we follow their example, I hear tell there is one of these terrorist hide outs in NY.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    And where was U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon’s outrage over Hamas’ use of the building as a shield to fire on Israeli troops? The behavior of the U.N. in face of the obvious facts continues to anger me. I’m embarrassed to admit that when I was in my early twenties I actually thought of working for the U.N. because the pay was great. I’m glad that back then I had older, wiser friends who made me change my mind.

  6. DGA says:

    “The Foreign Press Association, representing journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories, demanded a halt to attacks on press buildings.”

    See, the IDF’s intellegence is right on target, pardon the pun. They attacked the REAL enemy….

    • JohnMG says:

      You’re right on that count, DGA. The only better way of identifying them would be to imbed them with the Israeli troops. The range would be shorter too.

  7. River says:

    If the Nazis and Japanese had surrounded themselves with children, according to the new Secular Progressive logic, we never could have fought WWII.

    This is a clear signal to every evil regime that wants to dominate the world: Embed yourselves with innocents, and you can do anything you want.

    In the same way that kidnapping is encouraged when you pay ransom, terrorism gains enormously from mush-brained thinking. Evil is evil. If terrorists hang with children, it’s ultimate proof of their evil.

  8. Dangerous says:

    You know, my first reaction is always sorrow when I hear about civilians, or institutions designed to help them, being hit by the IDF. Then I recall some important facts.

    First, chances are that if the media is reporting dead civilians, those civilians or someone near them was holding weaponry that was still smoking when the IDF’s artillery hit.

    Second, if the civilians killed truly had nothing to do with the fight personally, chances are that they helped vote the terrorist organization that brought this upon them into power.

    Third, even if an international organization was designed to help that doesn’t mean that it actually is doing anything beneficial.

    This dampens my initial reaction. After that, I rarely need to ask myself the next question: Who is to blame?

    Is it the Israelis who just want to live without the threat of rockets being launched into their neighbourhoods or having their streets littered by suicide bombings?
    Or is it the terrorists who hide behind hospitals, women, children, international organizations, or any higher form of life? (humanity is the obvious example, but I’m sure they’d hide behind pond scum too if they thought we cared about it)

    I also have to say that the second article here makes me more than a little proud. As useless as the UN is, a Canadian observer for them stuck in that position didn’t go crying that the IDF was shelling him. Instead, he simply noted that they had to do what they did because of the enemy’s tactics and stuck it out until terrorists caused his death.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    “God help us, God help us…….”
    God help us, indeed!!

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    During prayer in church this past Sunday, when it came time for the congregation to name anyone in a special prayer, one of our liberal parishiners blurted out “THE OPRESSED PEOPLE OF PALISTINE”, which compelled me to join in “AND THE UNIVERSALLY REVILED JEWISH PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WHO MERELY WISH TO RETAIN THE RIGHT TO EXIST.”

    That shut ’em up.

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