Food And Medicine Burn As Israel Attacks United Nations Compound in Gaza

The UN compound in Gaza is in flames after Israeli forces shelled it with phosphorus.  All the food and medical supplies have been burned.  Thousands of tonnes of aid supplies including mattresses and shelters have been destroyed.

This is according to John Ging, the former Irish Army officer who heads the UN relief mission in Gaza and who knows a phosphorus attack when he sees one.

According to CNN

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed sorrow over the incident, but maintained that Israeli forces were responding to militant fire near the compound.

UNRWA Director John Ging denied there were any militants at the compound, and also said that at the time there was no fighting in the area.

Ging said UNRWA’s headquarters — located in a densely populated neighborhood — was hit repeatedly by shrapnel and artillery, including white phosphorus shells — the use of which is restricted under international law.

“It looks like phosphorus, it smells like phosphorus and it’s burning like phosphorus,” Ging said. “That’s why I’m calling it phosphorus.”

Who do I believe – Ehud Olmert or John Ging?  Tough decision.

The Israeli forces were  given the GPS coordinates of the compound, and during the bombardment the UN explicitly informed them that the compound was under fire.  Nevertheless, the Israeli forces continued to fire artillery at the area where the compound is located and now they have destroyed it.

This is a war crime.

Here’s the Israeli spokesman attempting to defend the indefensible.  Remember as you listen to him that the UN has already told us there was no crossfire in the vicinity of their compound today, and there was nobody firing from the school attacked by Israel last week.

Israeli propaganda?  No.  Not at all.  Just simple old-fashioned lies in defence of a war crime.


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39 thoughts on “Food And Medicine Burn As Israel Attacks United Nations Compound in Gaza

  1. We might want to excuse this war-crime with a lenient smile of understanding, as Mr Barack has already admitted ‘it was a mistake’, and voiced that in future one would try to avoid such mistakes.

  2. Well obviously Hamas were firing rockets from the roof, and it was located beside a mosque, and they were given warnings, and they fired first, and we’re not sure which directing it was going and the phosphores was only used to make smoke.

    IDF statement prediction for tomorrow.

  3. Didn’t US use white phosphorous on the Iraqis in Falluja, 2004? Well, it only make sense the Palestinians would be next?

    We saw the images of burnt bodies…. We all cried and got upset. But beyond that, is there any other action taken against them? They are flaunting their crimes on TV and smirking about it… Is anyone doing anything?

    Ohhh yes, we will analyze their crimes, try to make some sense of all the mess left behind in our colleges and law schools. But like Augusto Pinochet or Kenan Evren, they will die in piece in some comfortable home…

    This is no different! Criminals will get away with their crimes because they come from powerful countries… The world system is corrupt :( !

  4. Was that Fake Osama Bin Ladaen I saw on my TV screen last night and were Hamas really firing from within the UN Compound?

    I think we should be told.

    I could have sworn that Osama was dead. Benazir Bhutto seemed to think so.

    Didn’t he pop up just in time to remind us all that the Arabs are the bad guys.

    How convenient for some!

    I’m sure the peace loving people of Israel would never try to pull a psy-ops stunt, would they?

    Naw…they’re too busy murdering women and children and besides they have a bunch of ass-licking lapdogs elsewhere to do their stunts for them.

    It’s all done with mirrors folks.

  5. My sources in Mosad have assured me that these are future-terrorists that the Zionists are slaughtering and not children as I once supposed.

    What a relief, don’t you just love the Bush Doctrine and the refined way that the Israelis have extended it.

  6. It must be a great consolation to the Palestinians to know that Obama is ‘deeply concerned’ about the loss of life. I’ll bet that gives them a warm, fuzzy feeling as the settle in for another night of bombardment, especially the women.

  7. They attacked Reuters journalists also today.I suppose Reuters was firing at them as well.Just another fun day out for the IDF nothing out of the ordinary.All those fun WMDS to try out and nobody to offer serious resistance.Not like south Lebanon two years ago when they came staggering back over the border crying after meeting those nasty Hizbollah chaps.

  8. I notice our regular Israeli commentators are very quiet.

    Isn’t that peculiar? They usually have a great deal to say about these things.

  9. I guees Bock they are trying to get their lies straight.At the moment they are not sure which is the official bullshit story.Some are on the terrible mistake,wont happen again story yaaaawn and some the firing coming from the compound and hotel story yaaaawn then there is the Hamas using human shields story and maybe even some the not sure which way the compound was driving story.

  10. Phosphorous. I do not believe hitting the UN relief store and the international press HQ was a mistake today. It’s a war crime and there needs to be a legal international inquiry.

  11. what will it take to end this? it is beyond belief that these crimes continue.

    as i type this, mr. bush is giving his final address and all i can think is when will he be brought before the world court?

  12. Yes. I’m watching the fool now, as we speak.

    Let’s not soil this conversation with any further mention of him.

  13. Former chief rabbi sanctions the slaughter.

    “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand,” said Shmuel Eliyahu. “And if they do not stop after 1,000 then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to make them stop.”

    The above is a quote from the former chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.

    The article is from the Jerusalem Post.

  14. To qoute the French minister..why does the world tolerate this shitty little nation?..The comments sections of the Israeli “newspapers” such as Israeltoday give a shocking insight into the mentality of the average Joe Zionist with calls not only for the killing of Hamas but their women and children as well and contempt for the UN also a desire to cause trouble between other nations and their muslim neighbours to try to gain friends for Israel.I will post a link to a page now.Excuse me if I do not get it right as I have never posted a link before….

  15. William, screw what a French diplomat says. They built nuclear reactors for Saddam Hussein, which Israel thankfully took out in the 80’s. Maybe everyone should be thanking Israel for the fact Iraq had no WMDs. Israel’smedia happens to be a free one, too, unlike the press among it’s enemy countries.

    The ‘little country’ that ‘diplomat’ spoke of has just as much a right to exist as France does. I’m sick of the fact that Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge. Notwithstanding the fact that Israel was created with the imprimatur of the UN and has been a member of the world body since 1949, there is a relentless chorus of nations, institutions and individuals denying Israel’s very political legitimacy. No one would dare question the right to exist of Libya, Saudi Arabia or Syria. Why is it open hunting season on Israel, as if we didn’t know the answer?

    Israel is the only UN member state that’s been publicly targeted for annihilation by another UN member state. Think about it. The Iranian president calls for wiping Israel off the map. Is there any other country that faces such an open call for genocidal destruction?

    I’d also like to post my litle UN rant here, which was something I directed at Bock in the ‘Israeli Goods’ blog:

    I don’t know what happened at the compound. If an inquiry is to be done, so be it. But like the case of Al Dura, these things take a long time to clear up. Maybe this is off topic, but I just want to rant a little on the benevolent force that is the UN and UNRWA.

    The UN has two agencies that deal with refugees. One, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), focuses on all the world’s refugee populations, save one. The other, the United Nations Refugee and Works Administration (UNRWA), handles only the Palestinians. But the oddity goes further than two structures and two bureaucracies. They have two different mandates. UNHCR seeks to resettle refugees; UNRWA does not. When, in 1951, John Blanford, UNRWA’s director, proposed resettling up to 250,000 refugees in Arab countries, those countries refused, leading to his resignation. The message got through. No UN official since has pushed for resettlement.

    Moreover, the UNRWA and UNHCR definitions of a refugee differ markedly. Whereas the UNHCR targets those who have fled their homelands, the UNRWA definition covers “the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948,” without any generational limitations.

    Also, the General Assembly of the UN routinely passes resolutions condemning the tiny Jewish state of Israel, for the mildest measure it takes to protect itself, and aims to remove the Jewish people, from their biblical heartland.
    At the same time, it gives its almost unlimited support to every brutal dictatorship on this planet.
    In the last year, the UN Human Rights Commission, which includes Red China, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Syria, Iran and Zimbabwe, was headed by Libya!

    Israel is the only country in the world, which cannot sit on the UN human Rights Commission.

    Who are the UN to judge Israel fairly, then? Stop putting a halo over the UN’s head!

  16. Also, get this crap.

    Israel is the only country that, in violation of the spirit of the UN Charter, isn’t a full member of one of the five regional blocs — Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and West Europe and Others (WEOG) — that determine eligibility for candidacy for key UN posts. While Israel achieved a breakthrough in 2000 and joined WEOG, its membership is limited to New York, not other UN centers, and is both conditional and temporary.

    Israel is also the only country that’s the daily target of three UN bodies established solely to advance the Palestinian cause and to bash Israel — the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People, and the Division for Palestinian Rights in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs.

  17. It’s not about the UN. It’s about bombing food and medicine.

    Stop trying to shift the goalposts.

    Also: you posted both of those comments on another thread. That’s trolling, for which you can, and will, be banned if you do it again.

  18. Sorry about that. You asked me for my opinion on the UN issue on the ‘Israeli Goods’ page, and I posted it there. I thought it would be a good idea to post it here aswell where it was more relevant. I didn’t intend to bombard the site with the message, just put it where relevant.

  19. I didn’t ask you for anything. I said you were very quiet about the bombing of the UN compound, which you were.

    This isn’t about the UN. This is about your country hitting warehouses full of humanitarian aid with incendiary weapons.

    I’m not asking the UN or Israel what happened. If John Ging says his food and medicine supplies were firebombed, I believe him.

  20. Just to point out to thesystemworks that UNRWA does not denote the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency it is the United Nations Relief and Work Agency. It’s mandate does not include any mention of resettlement, that is for both UNHCR and IOM.
    As for trying to deflect this argument into the world against israel, stop you are not doing yourself any favours.
    I work for the UN and it is impossible to miss any UN building warehouse or complex, every roof and the side of every building has in large letters plain to see UN written on it and the name of the agency writ large as well.I can send you photos if you like
    What it says to me about the IDF is this, if they could not hit those they were supposedly aiming at with some of the most sophisticated weapons systems designed then they should ask the yanks for their money back or get glasses.
    I have been caught in UN complexes in the middle of firefights where illiterate, untrained rebels have launched unsophisticated rocket grenade, mortar and gun attacks on military complexes near us and never once have I seen any damage done to UN compounds.

  21. Nollaig

    Your points are well made. However, you may be barking at the moon – thesystemworks hasn’t been seen around these parts for quite some time. I don’t know whether (s)he was (eventually) banned, or decided to give up the unequal struggle.

  22. That individual was given the courtesy of writing a complete post to explain the Israeli position, but went on to abuse the site policies so badly that he gave me no option but to exclude him. I believe he was there to milk as much as he could before getting kicked off.

  23. Oh ok, I know the post was old but I just wanted to put it straight, and really some people spout shite about the UN by misrepresenting the actual titles of the different agencies. I have worked with a number of people from UNRWA and actually discussed this issue with them. But before someone posts they really should research their “facts”. The mandates under which UN agencies work are quite rigid.
    Just to clarify, UNHCR only works with those who are classed as refugees, those who have crossed an international border, in addition to assisting them in the host country, they facilitate the return of refugees to their home countries, once returned they then fall under the auspices of the IOM, who are also the agency with responsibility for both internally displaced persons and refugees.
    A lot of the people living in Gaza come from the west bank originally, so therefore they are classified as IDPs, technically they have not left Palestine.
    On a sad note John Ging is leaveing Gaza, an outspoken and often controversial figure he has survived 2 assassination attempts. Despite his critics he has always upheld the rights of those in his care and has spoken out without fear or favour against those who would undermine or try to destroy the mission of UNRWA.

  24. Once again Nollaig, you make good points – I know your statements re UNRWA and Gaza to be accurate. I hadn’t heard that John Ging was leaving Gaza. Do you know if he’s moving on to humanitarian pastures new? Outspoken and controversial he may be, but he gets the job done. He’s a man that Ireland can be very proud of, in my opinion.

  25. John Ging is headed to NY as Director of UN office for the Coordination and Response division of Humanitarian affairs.
    Great man , Good to know he still at the helm of humankind.

  26. From the IT article offered by Norma:

    “……Foreign minister Martin was probably eager to push this through given the likelihood that there will soon be a change of government in Ireland.”

    I have to say that I share the cynicism displayed by the Israeli foreign ministry. The timing of this move is highly suspect.

  27. BoldPilot. Sometimes ” Cynicism and Suspicion ” Have to be parked so as to get a clear view .

  28. The whole issue of the payrates and Shenstones involvement is bollox. UN payrates for all staff both International and local are set out by the international civil service commision. Heads of mission and their deputies have no say in what the pay scale will be and do not have the rights or priviledges to negotiate with staff on these issues.
    The following is available on the UN websites for anyone to see.
    The issue I believe was an attempt by political groups to politicise the make up of the staff, Ging has gone on record as being intolerant of any attempt by the fatah and hamas groups to infiltrate members into the UN system and has sacked any one found to be a member of a militant group.
    UN conditions of service state that staff cannot engage in any political activity that will jeprodise the mission and you sign a contract to that effect. As for local pay scales, UN locally recruited staff are on levels way above the prevailing rates in the local market. Even those hired on a casual basis are paid above the market rate, sometimes by as much as 150%.
    Staff in these categories are paid on a local basis. The level of salaries is established in accordance with Flemming Principle which provides that the conditions of service for locally recruited staff should reflect the best prevailing conditions found locally for similar work. Consequently, the local salaries are established on the basis of salary surveys which facilitate the identification of the best prevailing conditions. The local salary surveys are conducted in accordance with a comprehensive methodology approved by ICSC. At headquarters duty stations, ICSC is responsible for conducting salary surveys and for recommending salary scales for final approval by the organizations concerned, mainly United Nations and WHO. At non-headquarters duty stations, salary surveys are conducted by the United Nations and certain agencies of the United Nations common system.

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