Monday, July 28, 2014

United Nations and Hamas Silent On Use Of Children as Human Shields

ALAN KORNMAN July 28, 2014
Every person with a conscience can agree that Hamas storing rockets beneath a children's school is evil.  When the UN funded school administrators return the ‘hidden' Hamas rockets to the local Gaza police, run by Hamas, then the U.N. system is poisoned to its core.
For the second time this week, Hamas rocket caches have been found under children's schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) creating a disturbing pattern that can no longer be ignored or dismissed as an isolated event. On July 16 the UNWRA found 20 Hamas rockets beneath its school for displaced children.  These 20 hidden rockets from July 16 were returned to Hamas just as this most recent rocket cache was returned to Hamas.

Hamas buries these missiles under schools because they know Israel will not risk harming children.  For Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, putting their children in harms way is a small matter to them. Once these Palestinian children human shields are hurt, Hamas will parade the corpses in front of the international media, then label themselves as victims of Israeli aggression.  Could you sacrifice your children, for a temporary public relations victory, as a tactic of war?
"In Jerusalem, such assertions are rejected, even ridiculed, with officials charging that the weaponry was returned to Hamas. "The rockets were passed on to the government authorities in Gaza, which is Hamas. In other words, UNRWA handed to Hamas rockets that could well be shot at Israel," a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel.
Another senior official pointed out that UNRWA has a history of letting Hamas  use its facilities for its terrorist activities. "Time and again, over the years, UNRWA has been abused by gunmen from different terrorist factions who are using UN facilities to stockpile weapons, to fire rockets from, to steal UNRWA humanitarian equipment and to cause damage and fire in UNRWA's hangars," a senior Foreign Ministry official told The Times of Israel."
The July 22, State Department Daily Press Briefing below is surreal considering the Hamas decision to use Palestinian women and children as human shields.  It is beyond belief that President Obama's administration does not make the evil of using human shields a talking point.
Transcript from the July 22 State Department Daily Brief:
QUESTION: Sorry, back on UNRWA again. So I'm just looking at the - there wasn't -
MS. HARF: I love when you email people and you -
QUESTION: There - I didn't - no, I didn't email anybody. I got -
MS. HARF: You're looking at your phone going back.
QUESTION: Well, I am. But I'm looking at an UNRWA statement that just came out -
MS. HARF: Okay.
QUESTION: - that says, in fact, that yes, there was another - a second cache found.
MS. HARF: Okay. I can check on that. I'm not familiar with it.
QUESTION: And they say they're taking all appropriate measures. Now after the - to deal with this stuff, these rockets - after this first incident, and you're saying that the result was unacceptable, what's your understanding of what all appropriate measures are for UNRWA to do with this cache of rockets?
MS. HARF: I don't know where the conversation - I know we're having conversations with them about what other options exist. I'll check and see where they stand. I hadn't seen the report of the second one; I'm happy to get more information.
QUESTION: Okay. It just seems very bizarre that rockets that are - that you condemn are being handed by a UN agency back to the local authorities.
MS. HARF: A UN agency, to be fair, that's not armed, that's -
QUESTION: I understand that.
MS. HARF: Well, no, no, no, but you get to make your point; I get to make mine. So they are a UN agency that's unarmed, that is not equipped to deal with these kind of things. They did not make the right decision and no one's - we're certainly not saying that. But let's give them a little bit of a benefit of the doubt here that it is difficult. But we are working with them to make sure there are better options.
QUESTION: Okay. But while you give them the benefit of the doubt, they give Hamas their rockets back, and those rockets can -
MS. HARF: Okay. You're making sweeping generalizations again.
QUESTION: Well, no, I'm not. I mean, I think that's -
MS. HARF: Well, I don't know who they - we'll check and see who the local authorities were they gave them to, and let's not jump to conclusions here before we have all the facts. That's all I'm saying.
QUESTION: All right.
You must understand, what you just read is the official position of President Obama's administration.
President Obama's Administration is more concerned about providing cover for the UNWRA and Hamas, a State Department designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
U.N. Human Rights Council Acts As A Proxy For Hamas
GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians.
At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17 abstentions (including all nine European Union members).
"We came here to try to achieve together with you at least minimum justice for children who are being dismembered, for women whose bodies are lying in the streets, to find some justice for those who are being exterminated," said Ibrahim Khraishi, ambassador of the Palestinian observer mission to the U.N. in Geneva.
Israel and its ally United States rejected the probe, calling it one-sided and counterproductive amid efforts to clinch a ceasefire. Israel has observer status at the talks.
U.S. ambassador Keith Harper, calling for a vote, said that the resolution was "destructive" and a "political and biased instrument".
"Once again, this Council fails to address the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories with any semblance of balance. There is no mention of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel or the tunnels used to cause mayhem," he said.

U.N. Secretary Generals Tie To The Terrorist State Qatr

On Monday, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon was shuttled around the Middle East on a Qatari-chartered private jet.
According to Newsweek, Ban's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said, "It was the Qatari government [that] very generously chartered a plane for the secretary general to enable him to go about his visit." Qatar is the chief ally for terrorist organization Hamas and The Muslim Brotherhood.
According to Israel's Channel 2, Peres said, "The world must protest against Qatar, which is now one of the largest financiers of terrorism in the world. Qatar is funding the murder of innocent people in Gaza and its money sponsors rockets and tunnels. There is a limit to cynicism, but [Qatar's] crime is being committed in broad daylight."
How can any reasonable person not conclude the United Nations, from the top down, has an institutional bias against Israel and the United States in support of The Muslim Brotherhood and it terrorist proxies.


President Obama should have instructed the State Department to make two statements. First, unconditionally  condemn Hamas for using children as human shields, in violation of international law and calling the practice a barbaric cowardly act. Second,  stop all U.S. funding to the UNWRA until an independent investigation determines the true nature of the UNWRA's working relationship with Hamas.
As you see all these Pro Hamas Palestinian rallies popping up all over the country think about what must lie in the hearts of these Muslim protestors.  You will not see signs against Hamas using children as human shields. Therefore, one can only conclude that deep down the Hamas supporters living amongst us condone using their women and children as human shields.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Alan Kornman is the regional coordinator of The United West-Uniting Western Civilization for Freedom and Liberty. His email is:

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