Haaretz reports in its Hebrew edition that after a thorough internal investigation UNWRA–which operated the Gaza school hit by Israeli shell fire earlier today resulting in the deaths of at least 42 civilian refugees–finds no evidence there were militants firing mortars from the school’s grounds. In fact, UNWRA notes that video the IDF disseminated yesterday seeking to verify the army’s claim was actually shot in 2007. Either the IDF intelligence apparatus is so incompetent it dredges up video from nearly two years ago to prove something happened yesterday or…it is so malign that it brazenly attempts to pass off this claim to the world in a desperate attempt to lower a smokescreen over what actually happened. If UNWRA’s claim is correct, then what actually happened appears to be something close to a cold-blooded massacre of refugee civilians.
Again, it is possible that the IDF shells were misdirected or some other technical error caused these deaths. Or it is possible that the Israeli firing was willful. In either case, the tragedy is unpardonable and again, if the UNWRA story is correct, solely the fault of the IDF. Let them explain their way out of this.
This is the beginning of the end, my friend. It cannot go on much longer. As I wrote in my previous post, this may be the Qana straw that broke Cast Lead’s back.