Making matters even worse, after being found, the U.S. taxpayer-funded UN “Relief and Works Agency” (UNRWA) handed the deadly rockets over to Hamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza with an iron fist and hides behind Arab civilians while firing thousands of rockets into Israel. Now the global outfit is complaining that its “schools” were hit by Israeli forces.
The first batch of deadly weapons were uncovered at the UNRWA-run Gaza “school” last week. Another, separate cache of rockets was found at a UN school on Tuesday of this week, too. In a statement, the UN agency claimed they were found “in the course of the regular inspection of its premises.” Instead of handing the rockets over to Israeli authorities, however, the outfit admittedly handed them to Hamas for “disposal,” according to news reports. Critics promptly cried foul, noting that Hamas would almost certainly launch the weapons at Israel. Thousands of rockets have already been fired at civilian targets in Israel amid the latest round of fighting.
Israeli authorities were outraged at the news. “UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,” fumed Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, saying Israel was “troubled” by the developments. He also called the UNRWA’s decision to hand the rockets to Hamas “unacceptable,” while lambasting efforts of dictatorial UN member regimes to pass anti-Israel resolutions amid the conflict in Gaza.
While Israelis were left outraged by the rockets at UN schools, the establishment press outside of Israel barely mentioned it. The deafening media silence, of course, sparked even more angst. Speaking on CNN, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer blasted the channel for failing to report on the developments even while it accused Israel of targeting schools in Gaza.
“It would be a disservice to your viewers for a reporter from Gaza not to mention that in the last week, we had two different UNRWA schools where we had actually rockets found in the schools and handed over to Hamas,” Dermer told the bewildered CNN host, who seemed shocked by the news. “That's publicly available information, and it's kind of an important fact for your reporter to mention…. Do you not think that it’s relevant to report on CNN?” The host eventually agreed that it was.
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Photo of Qassam rocket and launchers: Israeli Defense Forces