Thursday, January 8, 2009

Israel Blows up U.N. Truck - Kills Driver

Not exactly a good PR week for Israel so far. Death toll in Gaza over 700. Wounded over 3000. Shelling of a U.N. school. The U.N. and the ICRC speaking about poor conditions of the people in Gaza. Doesn't make for good news coverage. EzRaw LeRant would have you believe it's the western, anti-semitic media being influenced by Hamas.

But news today of the UN ceasing all relief efforts because Israeli soldiers opened fire on one of their trucks killing the driver is the ultimate PR nightmare for the Israelis. Apparently the truck was marked with a UN flag.

16 comments:

jajakoom said...

A PR nightmare for the Israeli's, but for the driver and his/her family, much much more. 500+ dead now in Gaza and the death toll continues to climb. Is it any wonder that the Palestinians fight back?

Jason Cherniak said...

Let's wait for the Israeli response before assuming that we know what happened. These things have been faked before.

Beijing York said...

I'm waiting for an official Israeli response for this atrocity:

One medical team found 12 bodies in a shelled house, and alongside them four very young children, too weak to stand, waiting by their dead mothers, the ICRC said.

Aid workers had been denied access to the site for days, it added.

"This is a shocking incident," Pierre Wettach, ICRC head for Israel and the Palestinian territories said in a statement.

"The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestinian Red Crescent to assist the wounded."

Correspondents say the criticism is unusually strong, coming from an agency considered to be neutral.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7817926.stm

Jay said...

Come again? Did you just say that the UN fakes explosions of their vehicles? just so you know the UN did something they don't usually do and that was to criticize Israel for their heavy handedness that has resulted not only in this drivers death but 6 UN staff.

So do you think the UN is anti-semitic as well for the criticism of Israel?

Jason Cherniak said...

I just watched the Israeli spokesperson and there was no denial, so that's that, I suppose.

What I was thinking, though, was that the identity of the culprits might have been incorrect. I am not suggesting that it was the UN's fault or preference.

Mike said...

The UN "fakes this stuff"?

Give your head a shake Cherniak. Have you no shame?

Oh, right, you don't.

Cherniak_WTF said...

Let's wait for the Israeli response before assuming that we know what happened. These things have been faked before.
Is that because Israelis are so virtuous?
Only the bad Hamas would drop tons of cluster bomb in Lebanon.... oh wait....

Jason, your knee-jerk reactions are quite amusing and really show that you have no neutrality...

Cherniak_WTF said...

Are the actions getting closer to "genocide" yet Jason?

Cherniak_WTF said...

Without the statement, I suspect you would have been quoting the small minority of wrong-thinking Liblogloggers.
Comment from Jason Cherniak...

So Jason, do you ever think that maybe your are "wrong-thinking" or are you just that narcissistic?

First you copy/paste propaganda without knowing the source because it's pro-Israeli and are ready to doubt any story that portrays Israeli action in a bad light....

Sean S. said...

I just watched the Israeli spokesperson and there was no denial, so that's that, I suppose.

now that's cold.

Jay said...

"I just watched the Israeli spokesperson and there was no denial, so that's that, I suppose."

Now that is sad. After years of blogging about George Bush et al, you will take an Israeli spokesperson on their word.

Why not just have taken GWB on his.

Beijing York said...

Amnesty Canada has drafted a letter to Lawrence Cannon, urging the Canadian government to act. You can sign here:

http://www.amnesty.ca/urgentappeal/2009/gaza/

Cherniak_WTF said...

"I just watched the Israeli spokesperson and there was no denial, so that's that, I suppose."
I'll remember that when Jews are killed....
So that's that I suppose....

It' not only cold, it's ignorant.
But I'm not surprised - it seems to be the reaction of most Israelis to the massacres committed by their government....

ml johnstone said...

Excellent contribution,JAY!

Thermblog said...

When such an event happens in a military conflict there are at least 4 stages of communication before a definitive statement can be released. The soldiers who did the shooting, local command, HQ and press liaison.

It's also a safe assumption that a democratic country, particularly one under scrutiny as Israel is, will be careful to be truthful and specifically not issue knee-jerk blanket denials. The rules change in the case of covert operations but then the official response is pre-planned - usually a "no comment."

Despots tend to lie as a matter of course either at the official level (Chernobyl) or due to underlings being afraid to report the truth higher up ('67 war).

That the U.N. is anti-Israel is undeniable; there's a great of deal data to support what I say but just listening to the accusations of the relevant UN groups is enough because they ALWAYS use very diplomatic language elsewhere.

Between the media, the UN and the Hamas history of manipulating them, Israel needs to be given the benefit of the doubt. That's if you want to be reasonable.

Cherniak_WTF said...

That the U.N. is anti-Israel is undeniable;
I smell bull....