It is widely believed that Barack Obama is the most anti-Israel president in US history–
The Obama White House criticized Israel for firing on terrorists operating near a United Nations School in Gaza.
Ten people were killed today when Israel shelled targeted terrorists on a motorcycle near the school.
Hamas regularly fires rockets from civilian areas in Gaza.
** The Obama Administration made no mention of the Hamas terrorists operating from or near civilian centers.
Jen Psaki at the State Department released this statement today:
The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks. The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.
We continue to underscore that all parties must take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties and protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law.
Israel National News reported:
Israel was once again criticized on Sunday for an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza, which the United States said was “disgraceful”.
According to the AFP news agency, in one of the most strongly-worded statements yet from Washington since the conflict began nearly a month ago, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States was “appalled” by the attack on the school in Rafiah.
At least 10 people were killed in the shelling, the third time in 10 days that a UN school has been hit in fighting.
“The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least 10 more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed,” Psaki said in a statement quoted by AFP.
“We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.”
She noted that the United Nations had “repeatedly” communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces the coordinates of the school and the world body’s other facilities.
The IDF confirmed it had fired on a target “in the vicinity” of the school.
“The IDF targeted three PIJ (Islamic Jihad) terrorists on board a motorcycle in the vicinity of an UNRWA school in Rafiah,” an army statement quoted by AFP said.
“The IDF is reviewing the consequences of this strike,” the statement added.
Psaki’s statement, however, said the presence of terrorists near the facility could not excuse the attack, however.
“The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians,” she said.
The Obama administration just gave Hamas a green light to operate within civilian areas.