UNRWA: Israeli army told 17 times precise location, that Jabalia school was UN shelter. Serious violation of intl law pic.twitter.com/hCs4M5SPkl
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In a bizarre public denouncement, the Obama Administration condemned the attack on a UN school in Gaza Wednesday without blaming anyone for it. The odd blameless condemnation comes despite there being little to no doubt that the devastation at the UN school was a result of Israeli shelling. The IDF itself has acknowledged it fired ordinance in the area, allegedly in response to mortar fire. So almost everyone, including Israel to a limited degree, agrees the attack on the UN School was done by Israel.
Stranger still, the condemnation came as the US agreed to resupply Israel with ammunition to carry out more attacks on Gaza – like the one that occurred at the UN school. Is the Obama Administration aware of how ridiculous it looks?
The White House escalated its rhetoric yet again on Wednesday by condemning the shelling of the UN school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. While the administration did not publicly assign blame for the attack, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “all available evidence” pointed to Israel and the Israeli military acknowledged that it fired back after its soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school.
“We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council. She also condemned “those responsible for hiding weapons in the United Nations facilities in Gaza” — a nod to Israel’s charge that Hamas is housing arms in those facilities.
Hours after Meehan made those statements the Obama Administration confirmed it had supplied Israel with ammunition, further implicating America in the killings in Gaza which have now claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Palestinians.
The Obama Administration’s utter failure to rein in Israel’s bloody behavior despite having an incredible amount of leverage is almost as pathetic as its dishonest communications strategy. A strategy that has not only failed to help achieve peace, but continually makes America look like a dishonest pitiful giant whose malevolence is only matched by its incompetence.