Jan 12, 2009
Over 40 Palestinian civilians were killed and dozens more wounded when Israeli tanks shelled a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. The school was clearly marked with a U.N. flag, and the U.N. had given the Israeli military its co-ordinates.
Israeli forces also killed a Palestinian truck driver and injured two others when they fired on an aid convoy bearing U.N. flags in northern Gaza. The U.N. had coordinated their movements with the Israeli military.
Even the U.N., which turns a blind eye to many of Israel’s actions, was forced to condemn the attacks on its own institutions, which housed only civilians.
In 2002, Moshe Yaalon, the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, said, “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.” It’s clear that seven years later, the Israeli military is still pursuing the same policy. It bombs densely populated civilian areas to terrorize the population.
The United States hypocritically pretends Israel is only “defending” itself. According to George Bush, “Instead of caring about the people of Gaza, Hamas decided to use Gaza to launch rockets to kill innocent Israelis. Israel’s obviously decided to protect herself and her people.”
That’s like saying the U.S. had the right to kill civilians in Viet Nam, after the U.S. invaded – because they fought back. Or in Iraq. Or in Afghanistan. The U.S. has always reinforced Israel since its origin, because Israel has been one of its weapons used to impose the rule of U.S. oil companies throughout the Middle East.