Israel responsible for Gaza attacks: UN

Ten-year-old Abdallah Al Areer walks between the rubble of his destroyed home with the slogan written on it in English 'I Love Gaza', damaged during last year's Israeli attacks in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. EPA/Mohammed Saber

Ten-year-old Abdallah Al Areer walks between the rubble of his destroyed home with the slogan written on it in English ‘I Love Gaza’, damaged during last year’s Israeli attacks in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. EPA/Mohammed Saber

New York [AFP]

A United Nations inquiry has blamed the Israeli military for seven attacks on UN schools in Gaza that were used as shelters during the 2014 war.

‘I deplore the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter to the Security Council on Monday.

‘It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied,’ Ban added as he presented a summary of the report.

The UN chief vowed to ‘spare no effort to ensure that such incidents will never be repeated’.

The board of inquiry investigated the attacks on the schools run by the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA from July 8 to August 26 last year, but it also shed light on the discovery of weapons caches at three schools.

The schools were vacant at the time but Ban noted that ‘the fact that they were used by those involved in the fighting to store their weaponry and, in two cases, probably to fire from, is unacceptable’.

The UN chief called on Palestinian authorities to investigate.

Israel has repeatedly maintained that Hamas militants were using civilians as human shields and UN premises as storage sites for weapons during the 50-day war.

In response to the report, Israel’s foreign ministry said criminal investigations have been launched against those linked to the attacks on shelters.

‘Israel makes every effort to avoid harm to sensitive sites, in the face of terrorist groups who are committed not only to targeting Israeli civilians but also to using Palestinian civilians and UN facilities as shields for their terrorist activities,’ said foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

The Gaza war ended with a Egyptian-brokered truce after about 2200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed.

Land grab continues

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have invited tenders for the construction of 77 homes in settlement neighbourhoods of annexed east Jerusalem, activist group Peace Now says.

Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran said it was the first such announcement in east Jerusalem since a March 17 general election win by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The watchdog said 36 of them were being offered in Neve Yaakov and another 41 in neighbouring Pisgat Zeev.

Both are located at the northern edge of east Jerusalem.

Peace Now said the tenders could be seen as a sign of the future inclinations of the coalition government that Netanyahu is currently putting together.

The day before the election, Netanyahu vowed that if re-elected he would build thousands of settler homes in Arab east Jerusalem to prevent future concessions to the Palestinians.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

The Jewish state refers to both halves of the city as its ‘united, undivided capital’ and does not see construction in the eastern sector as settlement building.

The Palestinians want the eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state, but successive Israeli leaders have vowed that Jerusalem will never again be divided.

‘I won’t let that happen. My friends and I in Likud will preserve the unity of Jerusalem,’ Netanyahu said during a March 16 visit to the contentious settlement neighbourhood of Har Homa.

‘We will continue to build in Jerusalem, we will add thousands of housing units, and in the face of all the (international) pressure, we will persist and continue to develop our eternal capital.’

One response to “Israel responsible for Gaza attacks: UN”

  1. wavettore says:

    Time has always brought change hence hope for the future although the views of all populations in regard to the Jews have so far remained unchanged throughout history.
    People have always called them greedy, parasites, masters of lies but in the UK and US, the Jews are fully protected and no one dares to talk publicly about the vices of this Culture.
    Media and governments all over the World are always under strong pressure to follow that same example.

    As they believe they are the “chosen people” from God the Jews are also the sworn enemies of Equality. This Belief, incompatible with peace and Human respect, has brought over the centuries constant wars and destabilization.
    Today the World in turmoil is a sign of their “success”.

    After 3,000 troubled years, the Jewish Culture can be defined today with utmost clarity.

    The more they feel protected the more they become arrogant.
    Fear and arrogance allow them to only look up or down.
    They detest any form of transparency and they know better than anyone else how to navigate in turbid waters.
    Corruption is their vital organ.
    They adore a deep voice and have constant need of attention.

    Their “sense of humor” revolves around bashing on cultures and people from all over while they accuse anti-Semite any remark about them.
    They find very amusing to be the judges of everyone.

    One famous “sense of guilt” follows them everywhere and the word “sorry” is always their companion.

    With a tight hold on Hollywood, TV stations and newspapers their influence has no rivals in the World and reflects more and more in the values of our times.

    The nature of this Culture exemplifies the role of the middle man.
    Like the eternal second, It is near the strongest but also at a safe distance from the troubles it stirs.
    One peculiarity of this Culture is the need to always look up to someone and idolize who is “better” (like who is richer or more famous. Who is more ……).

    That is why the Jewish culture is perfect for the agents of the New World Order and for their adored pyramid that would enslave all, except One.

    On Guard!
    Not against the greed, hypocrisy and selfishness of our culture imported by Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions. No need to stay on guard against these 3 Religions that for the past 3,000 years have been disgracing the name of God. Instead, stay on guard from an Anglo-Judaic private society that plays with these three Religions and bets the Destiny of Humankind in a Plan that is so ambitious it is almost unimaginable.

    You are invited to read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
    Much has been written about this century old manuscript describing the minutes of a very specific Plan for a World dominated by only one man, one World Dictator. It is been said that it is a hoax or a reverse conspiracy written to blame a certain group of people but today that book should be read from a different angle. Although in the past everyone have pointed finger and repudiated the paternity of this manuscript, today it is no longer relevant to know who was responsible for writing it. Instead, it is important to know the fact that its strategy is being executed with utmost precision and could soon be finalized by a small group of individuals. Too many similarities during the last few years coincide with escalating events already described by the final stage of the Plan written in this hateful manuscript.

    Read it with an open mind and without prejudice toward any person or Religion. For the most part, the religious followers are in good faith and not aware of this Plan based upon the Biblical concept of one “chosen people”.

    During World War Two, the propaganda of this manuscript has been used to instigate all people against the Jews and became one of the main causes for the Holocaust. This has brought nothing but animalistic destruction of many innocent lives.

    Instead, the sinister words of this manuscript, used to describe such hate for Humankind, can be clearly explained today. Those words are based on one single principle and its belief that Equality does not exist.

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