Israel is the United Nations’ greatest bugbear. We know it from following websites such as UNWatch for many years, and it was most pertinently highlighted by the UN translator who said the organisation’s focus on Israel was a “bit much, no?”
In 2013, the interpreter was caught via a ‘hot mic’ saying, “I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
Laughter ensued, but it was nervous laughter and the interpreter was apologised for. Sweep that under the rug, quickly.
Now it appears that even the United Nations Relief Works Agency, the only UN body in the world dedicated to ensuring the ‘rights’ of Palestinians, has come out in support of what Israel has been saying for years.
The Guardian reports:
The UNRWA condemned the incident as a “flagrant violation” of international law, adding that the rockets had been removed and the “relative parties” had been informed.
A statement from UNRWA – which basically props up the victim culture in the Palestinian territories by allowing them to be the only people on Earth to be able to pass their refugee status down to their children, like some sort of perverse hereditary peerage – said: “Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”
So far in this conflict (Operation Protective Edge), estimates claim that almost 300 Palestinians have been killed. Reports usually come alongside the claim that most of the casualties have been civilians, and that Israel insists that terrorists in Gaza intentionally place their military infrastructure and munitions caches in civilians areas in order to dissuade Israeli attacks, and/or be able to demonise the country if members of the Palestinian public are killed.
These reports are persistently poopooed by Israel’s critics, despite evidence that suggests the country goes to extreme lengths to avoid civilian casualties. In 2009 Colonel Richard Kemp, who commanded Britain’s armed forces in Afghanistan said of Israel’s military tactics: “based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in the combat zones than any other army in the history of warfare”. Between 300 and 1000 Palestinian civilians were killed during that conflict, depending on who you believe.
This may explain Israel’s move today to begin ground operations in Gaza – and for once the United Nations would be, perhaps unintentionally, supportive of the rationale behind the invasion.
Israel knows that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad will not soon remove their terrorist infrastructure from within civilian areas. Not only do these groups aggrandise and fetishise death, but they also judge human life to be a tradable commodity in the war against the Jews.
A ground war in Gaza may currently be the most humanitarian option that Israel has before it. In order to minimise civilian casualties, and provide safety for the people of Israel. For these reasons we should be throwing our full support behind the move.