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UNRWA charged that Israel had shelled a school in Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza, where people had taken shelter. The claim was that 15 people had been killed and over 100 injured. And what took place was labeled a “war crime.”

Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, said that there was no information that there was military activity around the school.

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“This was an installation we were managing, that we monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained.” Hamas? According to Turner, UNRWA had no information of Hamas activity around the school. A statement by the UNRWA Commissioner-General read: “The security situation in the Beit Hanoun area was deteriorating rapidly and over the course of the day UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the Israeli Defense Forces a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate staff and any displaced persons who chose to evacuate to a more secure location. Approval for that never came to UNRWA. In addition, the school’s coordinates had been formally conveyed to the Israeli authorities on 12 occasions, most recently at 10:56 this morning.” http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/statement-unrwa-commissioner-general-pierre-kr%C3%A4henb%C3%BChl At one point Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesperson, tweeted that:

“Over the course of the day UNRWA tried 2 coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted.”

The direct implication is that people who were sheltered in the school might have gotten out except for Israel’s failure to allow this to happen.

Israel’s response to this: “the Israel Defense Forces told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from UNRWA’s shelter in Beit Hanoun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. UNRWA and the Red Cross received the message. “Hamas prevented civilians from evacuating the area during the window that the IDF gave them.” http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/24/hamas/

What is more, explained the IDF:

“In recent days, Hamas has fired rockets from an area of Beit Hanoun where an UNRWA shelter is located.

“Today, July 24, Hamas continued firing from Beit Hanoun. The IDF responded by targeting the source of the fire. Also today, several rockets launched from Gaza toward Israel fell short and hit Beit Hanoun.”

According to the final IDF investigation:

“…one of the mortars fell in the school’s courtyard while it was empty of people.” “In light of the investigation’s findings, we have rejected claims of casualties in the school grounds as they were presented by various elements immediately after the incident took place,” http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.607384 Were people killed at the Beit Hanoun school at all? It remains unclear.

Israel has emphasized repeatedly that the IDF does not directly attack civilian installations.

As to the fallacious charge of “war crimes”:

“The law is clear that military targets may be attacked, even if civilian casualties are anticipated, so long as the importance of the military target is proportional to the anticipated civilian casualties and that reasonable efforts are made, consistent with military needs, to minimize civilian casualties. This sensible rule of proportionality was devised in the context of ordinary military encounters, in which the enemy is not using their own civilians as human shields. If the enemy is deliberately using civilians as human shields, the rules of proportionality should allow for more anticipated civilian casualties, especially if the target is of great military significance.

“…To be sure, the law of proportionality also required Israel to take reasonable steps, consistent with its military needs, to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, even when attacking legitimate military targets. The key word here is ‘reasonable,’ and Israel has gone well beyond what other countries have done in analogous situations. They issued warnings, by leaflet, phone and other means-warnings that Hamas countermanded in its efforts to keep civilians in harm’s way and continue to have them serve as human shields to protect their terror tunnels. Israel did not issue warnings when it needed to act quickly to save its own soldiers from ambushes and other serious risks. Israel thus tried to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, while Hamas tried to increase both Palestinian and Israeli civilian casualties.”

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David Bedein is Bureau Chief of Israel Resource News Agency, presenting news items and analyses not often seen in your standard mainstream electronic or print media, even if you live in the Middle East. He is the Author of "Genesis of the Palestinian Authority", published in March 2017 and "Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered", published in May, 2014.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Everyone of us needs to rise up, sounding the alarm, warning the nations to awake out of their sleep and slumber, against a people so brutal, so bloodthirsty, wanting to rule the world with their sharia law. Brutally murdering any who doesn’t submit to their law. Do you think this is a game? Do you think these people aren’t serious? Do you think it won’t happen to you and your country? Wake up and rise up and stop these people. Reject their way of life, for only you can. Shalom everyone.

  2. Israel begs to be destroyed…because it violates the TORAH which does NOT allow Israel to make treaties with its enemies….check it out!
    what did the TORAH mean….didn't the forefathers make peace with the enemies and write on huge stones that they made peace…YES but those were not treaties….the peace they made was YOU stay on your side of the stones on your side of the border and we will stay on our side….that made peace…but a peace TREATY is where you have 100 page document (or more pages) that gives up all kinds of crazy things like land and land and more land and rights to this and rights to that to the ARABS!!! and in return the arabs will now and then say they want peace with Israel (no penalties for arabs lying and making war) the land give away of GAZA should have (not been done) said IF arabs attack Israel Gaza will be taken BACK and they have to move to SINAI or to Jordan etc…no penalties only free gifts given to arabs in PEACE TREATIES (those peace treaties should be more correctly called suicide treaties (suicide of Israel and its Jews)

  3. Israel should have used the gaza war to declare that arabs (ALL ARABS don't single out 10 arabs for being bad…ALL ARABS are involved!)
    never had and legal or moral rights to any Israel land but Israel foolishly wanted to make permanant peace with the arabs bit the arabs have once again shown that they will NEVER make peace and ONLY want to destroy Israel PIECE BY PIECE (the only peace treaty arabs will make is PIECE TREATY(to kill and destroy Israel and Jews PIECE BY PIECE)
    so that ISRAEL DECLARES IRREVOBABLY to the world that all the land in Israel is now and always officialy Israel and JEWISH forever…NO MORE TALKS of peace for land…and no more talks of Palestinian country carved out of JEWISH ISRAEL…that is OVER!
    so stall the peace talks…refuse to talk peace while even on rock is thrown in Israel….and wait for new president….help to get the right guy elected…and then make your declaration of ISRAEL NOW AND FOREVER NO PALESTINIAN STATE>>>>LET THEM MOVE INTO JORDAN///or be dispersed amongst the 22 arab countries or move into the 65 mile Sinai country offered them for free by Egypt

  4. at the same time secretly (so don't show your new weapons in weapons shows each year to be sold to arabs….and Europe….they all will give as gifts your weapons and technology to your enemies to use against you….get some brains….keep your best weapons and antiweapon technology secret and use only in wars and let the enemy say how the heck to they do that….don't advertise or display or sell your secrets to anyone else! its as dumb as having hamas shoot up a seminary and none of the 75 girls die…..hamas says what the heck…..and you go on the news that night and say that after davening at 8am each day all the girls put on bullet proof vest which saved them from being killed today….
    next day all 75 girls are shot dead at 7 am while davening…..who told you to shoot off your mouth…let the enemy wonder in amazement and not know your methods nor your technology!

  5. so Israel should work hard right now and always to come up with super weapons even the USA and EUROPE do not have…and keep them secret…don't discuss….use them quietly when needed but punish any reporter or soldier who mentions or discusses what you are using…no pictures no stories allowed

  6. and shut down newspapers and magazines for months who reveal secrets that are best kept quiet….why should enemy know during or even at end or war or ever OH THIS IS HOW YOU DEFEATED US oh this is how you find our tunnels or this is your new weapon….keep it a mystery

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