Israel has long accused Palestinian groups of using schools and hospitals as launching or storage areas for weapons. The practice effectively uses patients, children, and others as human shields and increases civilian fatalities when Israel retaliates after rocket attacks. It is obviously a despicable practice that violates basic rules of international law as well as the law of war. On Thursday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency confirmed this practice when it found 20 rockets at a UN-funded school in Gaza in “the course of the regular inspection of its premises.”
The UN issued a statement that “UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.” It added that the callous action “endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza.” The UNRWA has been one of the most outspoken critics of Israel’s attacks and its treatment of Palestinians.
The most pressing question is whether the school officials and teacher knew of the use of the school for military purposes. It is hard to hide 20 rockets and they were obviously apparent when the UN inspection occurred.
It was not only an act that endangered these children but it was remarkably stupid. Those responsible have alienated the chief supplier of aid and further alienated the world community at a time when public sentiment was shifting in their favor.
29 thoughts on “Reading, Writing, and Rockets? The UN Discovers 20 Rockets Hidden At School In Gaza”
Two very nasty governments, Hamas & Israel’s. Hamas’ behaviour is inhuman but but so too the hawks in Israel, a country that includes Palestine & Gaza. Its like America giving a strip of California & Arizonato to all hispanics, forcing them to live their, deporting all hispanics from other parts of the USA and then decades later, taking some of the best parts back after an agreement not to do so. Gaza is a part of Israel for heavens sakes! Its like a father shooting his son as in The Quick & the Dead because his social skills are in the toilet!
When Israel was fighting for nationhood they hid weapons in any location that they felt would preserve the weapons (and often trained anyone near them on how to use such weapons). The facts of life in that region is “hatred and resulting death from such hatred”. I use to hope for change and hopefully peace, now I know that the Status Quo is here for the rest of my natural life.
Ask the UN to reconsider funding that school.
The photo is of Crocodile Dundee’s 4th of July setup in the Outback.
Former President Bill Clinton exposes Hamas tactics on India’s NDTV.
“Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would happen if they started raining rockets into Israel. They fired one thousand and they have a strategy designed to force Israel to kill their own civilians so that the rest of the world will condemn them.”
There are NO white hats in this Western. None.
What Bob Esq. said. Ignoring the plight of the Palestinians is part of the ongoing problem.
“Kant argued that our experiences are structured by necessary features of our minds. In his view, the mind shapes and structures experience so that, on an abstract level, all human experience shares certain essential structural features. Among other things, Kant believed that the concepts of space and time are integral to all human experience, as are our concepts of cause and effect. One important consequence of this view is that one never has direct experience of things, the so-called noumenal world, and that what we do experience is the phenomenal world as conveyed by our senses.” (Wikipedia, Immanuel Kant).
We now know that our senses go through our physical amygdala for prepackaging (The Toxic Bridge To Everywhere).
What we forget or don’t know yet is that it is then handed off to our cultural amygdala, which is formed by our culture (Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala). The cultural experience puts the final wrap on what we “sense.”
“Are you experienced?”
Who isn’t !
I Kant finger this out.
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