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August 3, 2014 - 3:06 pm

The UN is going bonkers because they say another one of their schools in Gaza was  shelled. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, but read this account carefully from The Guardian:

A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a “moral outrage” and “criminal act” by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded after a projectile struck a street outside the school gates on Sunday morning.

The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in the area. It has been the scene of heavy bombardment by the Israeli military and fierce clashes following the suspected capture by Hamas fighters of an Israeli soldier, later declared killed in action.

In a statement, Ban called on those responsible for the “gross violation of international humanitarian law” to be held accountable. He said the “Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites.”

At the time of the strike – about 10.50am local time – dozens of children and adults were clustered around the gates buying biscuits and sweets from stalls set up by locals.

The missile struck the ground eight to 10 metres from the open gates. Witnesses at the scene less than an hour after the explosion claimed it had been fired from one of the many unmanned Israeli drones in the air above Rafah.

United Nations officials in Gaza described a “shelling incident” or an air strike.

The attack was not on the school. The bomb hit the street outside the gates of the school and killed and injured people standing at the gate — not in the school itself which was being used as a shelter.

In fact, look at the background of this Guardian video and note that the school appears to be untouched by the explosion:


No, I am not trying minimize the deaths of civilians. But if you’re going to charge Israel with a war crime, don’t you think it would behoove those doing the charging that they get the facts right?

General Secretary Moon could have at least waited for an explanation from the IDF:

The Israeli army said it had targeted three members of Islamic Jihad on a motorbike near the school – contradicting witnesses who said they saw no vehicles – but was investigating the effects of the attack.

To my untrained ear, it sounds like a pinpoint attack. It was a tragedy that people were at the gate buying sweets, but unless the IDF had real time intelligence indicating there were civilians present, why should they expect people to be outside of the shelter?

I think the UN and the press should stop calling this an “attack” on a school and accurately describe it as a strike near a school. Unless there was damage to the school itself or casualties inside the building, it is inaccurate to portray the strike in that way.

UPDATE

The Telegraph reports:

The school had been providing shelter to more than 3,000 people – the same number that had been seeking refuge at a girl’s school in Jabaliya last Wednesday when it came under attack from a hail of Israeli shells.

In contrast to that strike, which wrecked a classroom full of sleeping woman and children, the physical destruction this time appeared minimal: just a small but deep hole in the road where the missile had landed.

As I suspected, the school was untouched.

Does it really matter? I suppose if you want to charge Israel with a war crime for bombing a street, they can try that. It probably works for those already predisposed to hate Israel.

But for the few objective observers out there, it is wholly unacceptable to continue the fiction that a school was bombed when no such event occurred.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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If this war teaches anything, it's that if the Israelis want to hit you, they hit you. And if they want to miss you, they miss you. If I ever have to turn my security and safety over to anyone, I hope it's to an Israeli FAC. These guys are surgeons. Too bad for the UN that their "peacekeepers" don't enjoy the same level of professionalism.
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As I read the news reports I've come to the conclusion that all UN installations in Gaza are legitimate targets.
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Would someone explain to me why anyone should be concerned if the school actually was bombed? It was built and run by the terrorist-supporting UN in a rogue satrapy that is run by the terrorists which the residents of that satrapy voted for.
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Why would anyone believe anything the Guardian prints? It is notoriously anti-Israel and antisemitic and has been for years. And the same applies to the "usual Palestinian sources" which have put out bogus photos in news in every war with Israel so far.
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UNhinged.
19 weeks ago
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One game. Two sets of rules. Billions of armchair quarterbacks.
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It is quite obvious that any pictures and videos that are allowed out of Gaza are heavily censored so that they show what looks like the most horrendous scenes possible. All I ever see are people that that have no apparent injuries being carried, or just lying on the ground holding their head or their arm, or just plain putting on a phony show of being injured.
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"But if you’re going to charge Israel with a war crime, don’t you think it would behoove those doing the charging that they get the facts right?"
Well, no. Israel has had renegade soldiers that have done tragic things, as has the US. Like us, Israel prosecutes such soldiers.
But if you want to accuse Israel of war crimes, you can't use facts because Israeli policy does not cause war crimes.
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HEY Now!
They're Journalists and UN'ists. They don't HAVE to get their facts right.
They MEAN well. And that's all that matters.
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Gosh, zeprin, how could I forget that? I'm so ashamed...
19 weeks ago
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CBS news is *still* reporting this story this (next) morning, quoting Psaki from four days ago about how Israel "must live up to its own standards", and showing what they claim is the missile crater, in the street ten yards from the school gate, the crater is four *inches* across but they swear it released a lot of shrapnel.

I'm not sure Israel has any munition that meets those parameters, it sounds rather more like a Palestinian missile with a firecracker warhead and maybe loaded with some small nails.

The reporter is also surrounded by about eighty young Palestinian boys milling around and looking vaguely at the camera. She did not attempt to interview them about the attack or the war.
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The Lame Stream EneMedia is in cahoots with the MUSLIM TERRORISTS and is complicit in spreading their PROPAGANDA just as they do in the USA for the corrupt LYING DemocRATS.
At the very least the 'Meejah' is naive and gullible and swallows everything the LYING MUSLIMS tell them.
Just consider the fact that the MEDIA takes its casualty figures from HAMAS and we all know how trustworthy and reliable they are. MUSLIMS lie its in their DNA and it is encouraged and sanctioned by the KORAN. Witness the photos of the poor extremely unfortunate Muslim family that were killed a few weeks ago in SYRIA and then AGAIN in GAZA just a few days a go.
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Update: While the evening ABC News reported the "horror", a later report on ABC broadcast as part of the local news now finishes with some UN official reporting it was "in the vicinity of a school".

Such journalism.
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Oops. The IDF did not bomb a UN school?

I wish the IDF better luck and better shooting next time. Please don't miss.
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