Israel at War – Day 15January 10, 2009 22:00 by ManagingTeam
TARGETING THE UN AND HUMANITARIAN AID?
Unlike the rest of the international media, The Jerusalem Post reports that the IDF has denied firing on a UN aid truck on Thursday, in an incident that made international headlines:
On Friday, the Post reported that contrary to foreign press reports, it was not certain that an IDF tank shell hit the aid truck, and that in all probability, the aid workers were hit by Hamas gunfire.
The foreign press reports were based on UN sources, who later admitted to the Post that they were not sure in which direction the truck was headed when it was hit, and could also not say with certainty that tank shells were responsible.
Foreign press reports said the dead Palestinian and two others were hit by tank shells. A MDA medic at the scene told the Post that soldiers in the field said Hamas snipers targeted the aid workers. A Post probe revealed that the two wounded Palestinians were being treated at Barzilai for gunshot wounds.
VIDEO: HAMAS USE OF CIVILIANS AS HUMAN SHIELDS
View this short film presenting visual evidence of the long-standing Hamas tactic of exploiting civilians as human shields and civilian buildings as cover for terrorist attacks.
CIVILIANS OR TERRORISTS?
Media outlets, while distinguishing between Israeli civilian and military casualties have failed to do the same on the Palestinian side. All Palestinian casualties are somehow lumped together irrespective of whether they are civilians or Hamas operatives.
Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz notes: “Hamas gunmen, even more cynical than their Hizbullah counterparts, are fighting out of uniform – they look like innocent civilians, deserving of protection, until they pull out guns or rush at IDF soldiers with suicide-bomber belts.”
VIDEOS: HAMAS ABUSING HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE CEASEFIRE
Click on the images below to see a Fox News report showing humanitarian aid trucks containing military uniforms destined for Hamas stopped at the Gaza border by the IDF. The second video from the IDF shows Hamas firing rockets from a schoolyard during a three-hour humanitarian pause.
On Sunday, Hamas again fired rockets during the three-hour humanitarian pause hitting a wall surrounding a kindergarten in Ashdod.
- The criminal cynicism of Hamas, Alan Dershowitz, Comment is Free
- The Jews Face a Double Standard, Marvin Hier, Wall St. Journal
- On Proportionality, Michael Walzer, The New Republic
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