Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Lying To The World

Via Yid With Lid comes this CAMERA report on one of the most well-publicised incidents of the recent Israel-Gaza conflict- the Israeli shelling of a UN school. There's only one small problem- it never actually happened.

Three weeks later, long after the alleged incident had become firmly ensconced in public consciousness, an investigatory piece by Patrick Martin in the Toronto Globe and Mail (Jan. 29) revealed that no one sheltering on the school grounds had been killed. The misportrayal of the incident was due in no small measure to the misleading comments of John Ging, director of UNRWA’s Gaza operation and Chris Gunness, the organization’s public relations consultant.

Yes, UN officials have deliberately misconstrued the facts to slander Israel- aided and abetted by the vast majority of the MSM.

Despite admitting no one in the school was killed, Ging continues to implicitly accuse Israel of targeting the school. He continues to rail against Israel, recently demanding that there was a need to establish accountability for why the Israeli air force hit infrastructure of the state of Palestine rather than the infrastructure of terror, whatever that may be.

The Globe and Mail quotes Ging as stating, Those in the school were all families seeking refuge. ... There's nowhere safe in Gaza. He also continues to condemn Israel’s behavior, asserting, The state of Israel still has to answer for that. What did they know and what care did they take?

Since it now appears that UNRWA’s Fakhoury school was not shelled and that all the fatalities and most of the casualties occurred outside the school grounds, it is also a fair question to ask of Ging and Gunness, what did they know and when did they know it? Why did they continue to make public pronouncements that only helped perpetuate the misperception that Israel had shelled the school rather than clarifying that Israel had shelled a street near the school?

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