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That Israeli attack on the UN school in Gaza

The Globe & Mail has a rather important tale to tell:

"Most people remember the headlines: Massacre Of Innocents As UN School Is Shelled; Israeli Strike Kills Dozens At UN School.

They heralded the tragic news of Jan. 6, when mortar shells fired by advancing Israeli forces killed 43 civilians in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The victims, it was reported, had taken refuge inside the Ibn Rushd Preparatory School for Boys, a facility run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency....There was just one problem: The story, as etched in people's minds, was not quite accurate.

Physical evidence and interviews with several eyewitnesses, including a teacher who was in the schoolyard at the time of the shelling, make it clear: While a few people were injured from shrapnel landing inside the white-and-blue-walled UNRWA compound, no one in the compound was killed. The 43 people who died in the incident were all outside, on the street, where all three mortar shells landed.

Stories of one or more shells landing inside the schoolyard were inaccurate".

A lie is halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its boots on.

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Blogger jailhouselawyer said... 10:30 pm

Well, that's alright then, innit?

What about the Israelis placing Palestinian refugees in a so-called safe-house and then exterminating them? I am reminded of the Nazis putting Jews, etc, into so-called showers and exterminating them with gas.

Israel has committed war crimes. For this I condemn them.

However, all is not lost because:

"In 1995, Yitzak Rabin (prime minister of Israel) was shot dead by Yigal Amir as he left a peace rally in Jerusalem. Soon after, an election was called; under Israeli law, all prisoners were allowed to vote. In a case taken by a private citizen, the Israeli courts refused to revoke Amir’s citizenship to prevent him voting in the election to replace Rabin (Jerusalem Post, 15 May 1996:4). The court declared that disenfranchisement would hurt, not Amir, but Israeli democracy (Ewald 2004: 134). Imprisonment was his punishment, the Supreme Court ruled, and when the right to vote is denied, ‘ the base of all fundamental rights is shaken ’ (original in Hebrew, quoted in Ewald 2004: 134). Appalled by Amir’s participation in the election to replace her husband, Rabin’s widow, Leah, believed that it ‘ was an unprecedented scandal' ( Jerusalem Post , 30 May 1996:4). Shimon Peres, who took over as prime minister on Rabin’s death, doubtless spoke for many when he asked ‘ How can this
murderer be allowed to vote? ’ (The Washington Post , 29 May 1996:A14). In the election to
choose the successor to the man he had killed, Amir was the first to vote in his prison, his attorney declaring ‘ he’s concerned about Israel and the future ’ (Jerusalem Post , 30 May 1996:4)".  

Blogger Spartan said... 12:08 am

l see jailhouselawyer is still on his campaign of comparing the lsraelis to The Third Reich. Oh bless :-)  

Blogger Chris O'D said... 12:59 am

another dual flag server.

el al have daily flights

bye bye  

Blogger Peter said... 12:50 pm

The school that is the subject of the Globe and Mail article doesn't seem to be the same school as the one everyone is talking about. The Globe and Mail talks about the "Ibn Rushd prep school for boys" whereas articles such as this one:

refer to the al-Fakhura school.  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 1:40 am

Well posted.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:21 am

The two schools (girls, boys) use the same building in shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  

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