Timeline of Israeli bombings of United Nations Facilities

Timeline of Israeli bombings of United Nations Facilities



In 1996, Israelis shelled a UN compound in Qana, Southern Lebanon – which it had occupied since 1982 – killing more than 100 civilians. The UN report on the massacre concluded that it had to have been deliberate.

In 2002, during Ariel Sharon’s mauling of the West Bank, Israelis repeatedly struck UN ambulances. The commissioner-general of UNRWA stated that the Israelis deliberately targeted the ambulances.

In 2006, during the most recent Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Israeli military bombed a well-marked, well-known UN observation post, killing UN personnel. “Israel” offered a wry shrug of the shoulders: accidents happen, innocent people get killed, what a tragedy. The UN determined that the Israeli bombing was deliberate murder of their people.

In 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, Israelis bombed several UN buildings.

The UN has never brought war crimes charges or sanctions against “Israel” for these massacres.

Israeli UN ambassadors walk out whenever an Iranian leader is scheduled to speak at the UN, in order to demonstrate “Israeli indignation” at these supposed Iranian “moral lepers.” As part of their theatre of superior Judaic ethics, the Israelis are allowed to pose at UN meetings as paragons of morality, and when they do so the western media does not contradict them by reminding the Israelis of their crimes against the UN. Instead, the media develop a case of amnesia concerning the massacres which the Israelis have perpetrated against United Nations employees and Arab civilians they shelter in their facilities. As former Israeli President Shimon Peres has stated, “No one will judge


U.N. says Israel violated international law, after Israelis bomb a school in Gaza

GAZA CITY, July 30, 2014 — United Nations officials accused Israel of violating international law after artillery shells slammed into a school overflowing with evacuees Wednesday, an attack that Palestinian and U.N. officials said killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens as they slept.

It was one of the worst mass-casualty incidents of the 24 days of the mass murder of Palestinians. The building was the sixth U.N. school in the Gaza Strip to be rocked by explosions during Operation Protective Edge,” which began July 6.

Israeli officials said they were trying to determine who was responsible for the bloodshed. In past incidents, the Israeli military blamed errant rocket or mortar fire by Gaza militants for explosions at U.N. schools — or said the blasts were under investigation.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operated the school-turned-shelter in the Jabalya refugee camp, said it had gathered evidence, analyzed bomb fragments and examined craters after the attack. Its initial assessment was that three Israeli artillery shells hit the school where 3,300 people had sought refuge.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces,” said Pierre Krähenbühl, the UNRWA commissioner-general. “This is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “all available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” of the pre-dawn attack. Ban said Israel had received the precise GPS coordinates of the school from the United Nations 17 times.

The Israeli military announced a brief humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening. The pause in hostilities would not apply to areas in which the military is operating, it said.

A Hamas spokesman dismissed the lull as a “media stunt” that would not allow rescue workers to recover casualties in combat zones that Israel was excluding from the cease-fire.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a senior spokesman for the Israeli military, called the shelling of the U.N. school “a true tragedy,” and said the incident is under investigation. “There was mortar fire in the area, directed at our troops,” he said. “There was an exchange of fire. We have yet to determine if it was Israeli munitions that struck the compound.”

One of the survivors said she had no doubt who was at fault for the barrage. “There were five shells, one after the other. We were a clear target,” said Hannah Sweilem, 33, who was in the shelter with her husband and eight children. “If the Israelis say it was a mistake, they are lying.”

Witnesses at the Jabalya Primary School for Girls said the Israeli bombing July 30 struck a classroom where about 50 people, mostly women and children, were sleeping. The room’s roof was ripped apart. Most of the dead, however, were young men who had woken for the traditional Muslim dawn prayer, said Moen al-Masr, a doctor at the Kamal Odwan hospital. Said Allah al-Bes, 33, who was seeking refuge at the school with his wife and three sons: “We found people torn to pieces. It was like hell.” Bes and his family went to the U.N. facility after an earlier attack on a U.N.-run school in Beit Hanoun. “We have learned no place is safe in Gaza,” he said.

Gaza Health Ministry officials said that more than 105 people were killed in Israeli bombing, shelling and missile strikes July 30 and that more than 400 were injured as Israelis pressed ahead with their escalated campaign against the coastal enclave. Satellite images released by the United Nations show the impact of Israeli strikes on structures in Gaza. One of the most ravaged areas is the Shijaiyah neighborhood in the southeastern part of Gaza City.

 – SOURCE  – The following information was posted by independent online  journalist Michael Hoffman – check out his blog here

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