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UNRWA condemns Israeli “creation” of footage, tweets falsely claiming Gaza schools used to launch rockets

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A Palestinian man cleans up after a UN food distribution center was badly damaged in an Israeli airstrike on Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on 18 November.

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UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, has hit back at Israeli allegations, made through social media, that it allows schools it runs in the Gaza Strip to be used by Palestinian forces to launch rockets towards Israel.

“The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) denies allegations made online by the IDF Spokesperson that Palestinian militants are using UNRWA schools or facilities in Gaza to fire rockets into Israel,” the agency said in a press release today.

The statement came on the seventh continuous day of Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which has so far claimed 124 lives, more than two dozen of them children, and injured over 800 people.

Israel’s “creation” of video footage for propaganda

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Screenshot from an Israeli army propaganda video shows an animation of a UN-run school being used to launch rockets.

UNRWA criticized Israel’s fabrication of material and its dissemination via social media:

On 17 November 2012 at 22:16, the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted from their official Twitter account (@IDFSpokesperson) a link to a video hosted on their official YouTube channel, featuring an animated film that depicts militants firing rockets from a school clearly marked with the UNRWA insignia.

UNRWA is concerned about the creation and use of footage that wrongly suggests that UNRWA is allowing its premises to be used for terrorist activities in the current conflict and the unauthorised use of its logo in computer-generated material. In a situation of conflict these allegations have potentially grave consequences. UNRWA takes with utmost seriousness the neutrality of its installations, particularly in times of heightened violence.

False allegations, but real death, injury and damage to UNRWA affiliated persons and facilities

Israel has long alleged – without evidence – and using fabricated graphic material that schools and hospitals are used as military sites, in order to justify its frequent attacks on them.

UNRWA said in an 18 November situation report that among its facilities damaged in the ongoing Israeli attacks, were the Shejaya Elementary Co-ed School which sustained severe damage to the boundary wall and the school building.

Marwan Abu El Qumsan, an Arabic teacher in his early fifties, at UNRWA’s Preparatory Boys School in Jabalia, was killed while in his car in an Israeli airstrike on 15 November, and on 18 November a Grade 4 student died following an Israeli air attack in an open area near Beach Camp.

Separately, UNRWA said that its workers have rebuilt a food distribution center in the Jabalia refugee camp badly damaged in an Israeli airstrike on 18 November.

Comments

That is pure evil. Sickening.

that IS the modus operandi of Zionism. SUPOPRT #BDS to put an END to Evil, Injusice, Oppression aka #Zionism.

There is nothing left for Israel, than to create false infomation because the reality of israeli destruction is such an evidence for anybody who is looking for the truth.
This state will have the end for which it it is working: absolutely mad. For such a madness our western governments are responsible and have to be taken into accountability. As Israel is a large psychiatric clinic and playing Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang) for the world, our western governments - as they give an obscene support to mad Israel - are playing with our lives too. Madness ha no limits in violence but strait jacket. We have the obligation to put Israel into a strait jacket, only at that moment the people of the world can breath again safely.

Honestly? Are any long time activists surprised? No, just surprised to see the truth coming out. Thanks EI, on top of it again.

You are right, it is a good example of fabrication! EI does very good work!