Thursday, February 5, 2009

Israel did NOT Bomb UN School

For almost a month the United Nations has been crying out about that Israel bombed one of their schools in Gaza that was protecting over a thousand civilians from the war. The UN criticized Israel stating that they had provided Israel with GPS coordinates and it should not have been targeted. Israel stated that their troops had responded to be under attack. The UN took extreme offence to that accusation that they would allow attacks to be launched from their property. The mere suggestion that a school would be bombed brought about a tremendous amount of backlash against Israel and Jews around the world.

After repeatedly making the claim that the school was bombed by Israel the UN snuck in a correction to one of their field update reports:

Clarification: While correctly reported on 6 January that Israeli shells landed outside an UNRWA school in Jabalia, resulting in an initial estimate of 30 fatalities, the Situation Report of 7 January referred to ‘the shelling of the UNRWA school in Jabalia.’ The Humanitarian Coordinator would like to clarify that the shelling, and all of the fatalities, took place outside rather than inside the school. According to UNRWA, the number of fatalities is over 40, many of them among the 1,368 people who had taken refuge in the school.

The UN had to know that the school was not bombed and they choose to run with the story anyways as it suited their purposes. While the UN put a lot of effort into publicizing the original story, the same cannot be said for the correction. The people who knowingly aloud the false information to be spread should no longer be employed by the United Nations.

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