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.