THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – On Thursday Israel targeted a UN school in northern Gaza used to shelter civilians from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Since Israel has claimed that its only targets are those which have identified as presenting a threat to its people, one could ponder over the legitimacy of this attack.
Of course Israeli media immediately argued that Hamas hid weapons and fighters within the school, using women and children as human shields, Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA – the very organization which runs the shelter – begged to differ.
Speaking to Al Jazeera he explained, “We gave the Israelis the precise GPS coordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter. We were trying to coordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted… Israel and Hamas must respect the inviolability of UN premises, and humanitarian law”. He called the attack “tragic and appalling”.
Robert Turner, the director for UNRWA told Al Jazeera there was no warning from the Israelis before the shells landed.
“This is a designated emergency shelter. The location was conveyed to the Israelis,” he said. “This was an installation we were managing, that was monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained … We always call on all parties to ensure that civilians are not harmed.”
There were never any Hamas fighter at the school, there was no weapon hidden in any of the buildings, only civilians … and yet Israel pounded away.
At least 15 people have been reported killed and 150 injured in the bombardment of the school.
A six months old baby boy had shrapnel embedded in his back, a boy age no more than 10 saw his sister die before his eyes and a man lost his entire family …
With an anger which has not been witnessed before thousands of Palestinians across Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem have now risen against Israel, demanding an end to the massacre of their people.
As Muslims prepare for the night of power, the most sacred night of the holy month of Ramadan, Palestine has become a furious ocean.
DEMONSTRATION IN THE WEST BANK
ISRAEL WATER CANONS PREPARE TO MOVE AGAINST PROTESTERS IN JERUSALEM
But Palestine is not alone – In New York, Orthodox Jews, the keeper of Judaism have come to protest Israel’s crimes, they came to offer their support to Palestine, knowing only too well what ethnic cleansing and genocide look and feel like.
In Jerusalem, Palestinians have broken the fear barrier … they march and they chant, they march and they chant … having lost everything they fear nothing. They march and they chant … Palestine has awaken!