The Times amplifies Israeli propaganda.

 

And what The Goldstone Report found the last time Israel fired on hospitals in Gaza, and then accused Hamas of using them as military bases:

‘The Mission did not find any evidence to support the allegations that hospital facilities were used by the Gaza authorities or by Palestinian armed groups to shield military activities and that ambulances were used to transport combatants or for other military purposes. On the basis of its own investigations and the statements by UN officials, the Mission excludes that Palestinian armed groups engaged in combat activities from UN facilities that were used as shelters during the military operations’.

http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/2f86ce183126001f85256cef0073ccce/7762c5ef0b1dea24852576650053d1aa?OpenDocument

The Israeli government are proven liars in this regard, and no-one should be surprised if they are lying this time around as well.

That they are proven liars in this regard apparently isn’t enough to stop The Times taking the Israeli government at their word, and then publishing cartoons which can only have the effect of helping to justify war crimes.

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One Response to The Times amplifies Israeli propaganda.

  1. Putte Wilhelmsson says:

    “The Mission was faced with a certain reluctance by the persons it interviewed in Gaza to discuss the activities of the armed groups.” [–] “Although the incidents investigated by the Mission did not establish the use of mosques for military purposes or to shield military activities, it cannot exclude that this might have occurred in other cases.” [–] “On the basis of its own investigations and the statements by United Nations officials, the Mission excludes that Palestinian armed groups engaged in combat activities from United Nations facilities that were used as shelters during the military operations. The Mission cannot, however, discount the possibility that Palestinian armed groups were active in the vicinity of such United Nations facilities and hospitals.”

    The cartoon seems to be a bit much, and a UN report 5 years old may not be completely relevant today. But it also seems rather obvious, that the old report does not say what mr Reger wants it to say: on the basis of few investigations, with palestinians obviously unwilling to give testimony on armed groups, mr Reger seems to be doing some sort of umplifieing himself. Personally I have no problem with calling either Israeli or Hamas leaders “liars”. However I do belive, that the Finnish hospital worker, who in yesterdays Ilta-Sanomat (second largest local newspaper) told that Hamas has used the hospital court yard several times for military action (rocket launching) is an honest person who wants to help the palestinians, who has no extra sympathy for Israel, and who knows, after living in Gaza for several years, what is the practise of urban warfare and it’s cost for civilians.

    Also, having voted for the green party of Finland in several elections, I’m rather glad that leaders of my party have not felt the need to ingage in similar battles of miss- dis-, and halfinformation regarding a foreign tragedy, as the leaders and members of Canadian Green party.

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