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Prosthetic Conscience

Jason McBrayer's weblog; occasional personal notes and commentary

Sat, 10 Jan 2009

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[ Posted: 11:55] | [ Category: /web] | Permalink | Comments: 0 ]

Response to Brad Warthen’s 2009/01/09 The State Editorial

As of yesterday (2009/01/09), IDF officers have admitted that there was no gunfire or mortar fire from the UN school that was shelled by an IDF tank. This has been reported in the UK Guardian, and in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. This means that the sole source for that claim – the IDF – has admitted that it was a fabrication. Of course, the UN has denied since the beginning that there were any Hamas militants shooting from the school. It is unfortunate that you chose to privilege a CYA claim from the Israeli military over information from the agency actually present at the school.

This is not an isolated incident, but part of a disturbing pattern. The IDF has also shelled UN relief convoys, forcing the UN to end humanitarian aid to Gaza civilians. What’s more, the UN gave GPS coordinates of all UN facilities in Gaza to the IDF, presumably so that they would know not to target those coordinates. They also made it known that civilian refugees were taking shelter in the school, which makes it clear that the shelling was an intentional act of state terrorism.

It is highly disturbing that The State‘s official editorial position is in favor of state-sponsored terrorism.

[ Posted: 11:51] | [ Category: /politics] | Permalink | Comments: 0 ]

 


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