U.S. sends subtle shot at the United Nations over complicity in Gaza violence

posted at 4:41 pm on July 30, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The Associated Press’s twitter account is at it again:

The United States determining that A) Israel was responsible for the attack on United Nations school and B) condemning Israel for that attack would have been a game-changing event in the more than 20-day-old conflict in Gaza. But that did not happen.

In what is becoming a familiar pattern, American officials rushed to correct the record that had been distorted by the AP’s careless tweeting.

But the back and forth over the AP’s misreading of a National Security Council statement buries the lede. The real story is in the United States issuing what reads like a mild condemnation of the not particularly neutral role the United Nations has played in the going conflict in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

The United States condemns the shelling of a UNRWA school in Gaza, which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians – including children – and UN humanitarian workers.

“We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza. We also condemn those responsible for hiding weapons in United Nations facilities in Gaza. All of these actions, and similar ones earlier in the conflict, are inconsistent with the UN’s neutrality. This violence underscores the need to achieve a cease-fire as soon as possible.

The statement does not explicitly state who is “responsible” for using United Nations installations as weapons depots, but it does confirm that UN schools have been used to store weapons and draw Israeli fire.

“All of these actions, and similar ones earlier in the conflict, are inconsistent with the UN’s neutrality,” indicates that the administration believes either the UN is no longer in control of its own house and should act accordingly, or is complicit in allowing Hamas to use its facilities to inflame a humanitarian disaster and deflect criticism onto Israel.

Those are serious charges, which is probably why they were not explicitly made by NSC spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan.

The Washington Post’s reporting team is less ambiguous about who struck a UN-run school when they noted that “Israeli artillery shells” were responsible for the deaths of 20 people on Wednesday. Their sources buttressing that claim were “Palestinian health officials and the U.N. agency in charge of the school.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in charge of the school called Israel’s attack on that facility “a source of universal shame” in a statement.

On Tuesday, however, UNRWA confirmed that caches of rockets had been stored in at least one UN-run Gaza school. That was the third discovery of rockets in education facilities since the start of this conflict. The UN agency condemned unnamed “group or groups” for endangering civilian lives by using schools to store weapons.


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Get the US out of the UN.

Then get the UN, and all its attendant spies, the hell out of the US…

JohnGalt23 on July 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Subtle was not what was required.

oscarwilde on July 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I really wish we could have a President that would pull the US out of the U.N. entirely,kick them all out of the country and sell the building and land to pay on the debt.

Meople on July 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Less subtle: Stop funding the UN.

d1carter on July 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

You get the feeling AP’s Twitter account’s about to start reprinting Protocols of the Elders of Zion in 140-character increments, and if it could would strap on a bomb belt and find a mall in Tel Aviv to walk through.

jon1979 on July 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM

the administration believes either the UN is no longer in control of its own house and should act accordingly, or is complicit in allowing Hamas to use its facilities

Try BOTH!

Especially when those UN officials don’t know where all those weapons came from.

GarandFan on July 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

The Washington Post’s reporting team is less ambiguous about who struck a UN-run school when they noted that “Israeli artillery shells” were responsible for the deaths of 20 people on Wednesday. Their sources buttressing that claim were “Palestinian health officials and the U.N. agency in charge of the school.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in charge of the school called Israel’s attack on that facility “a source of universal shame” in a statement following the attack.

On Tuesday, however, UNRWA confirmed that caches of rockets had been stored in at least one UN-run Gaza school. That was the third discovery of rockets in education facilities since the start of this conflict. The UN agency condemned unnamed “group or groups” for endangering civilian lives by using schools to store weapons.

An honest translation of this would read… How dare those damned Israeli’s not allow the Palestinians to kill them with impunity.

oscarwilde on July 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

IF the White House said this, good on them. If that’s the best we can get, I’ll accept it.

The UN is anything but neutral when it comes to the Israeli/Palestinian wars.

portlandon on July 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

JohnGalt23 on July 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

As we do that, we can re-purpose the Turtle Bay facilities to house the illegal immigrant children and deport them via JFK.

Athos on July 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

If the UN would hire some of our leftist school administators to run their schools, those UN schools would be totally clear of rocket shaped pop tarts within a week.

dentarthurdent on July 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

The UN and this admin. are One.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Especially when those UN officials don’t know where all those weapons came from.

GarandFan on July 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

They won’t know about it until they read it in the paper.
The UN must be learning something from the best…..

dentarthurdent on July 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Probably a typo. Because words don’t mean a thing.

Wait for a 2nd statement or tweet to clarify.

LetsBfrank on July 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Well, give Obama a break, at least he read it from the AP reporting, and didn’t use his intel…another example of, “he read it from the newspaper, he knew nothing before then”.

right2bright on July 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Not if this report is true. I’m not holding my breath but …

It is the media who are the real enemy. They are the ones who put Obama in office and they are the ones who will try to put Hillary there.

gh on July 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Repeat: The Associated Press is a subversive organization….

d1carter on July 30, 2014 at 5:02 PM

As we do that, we can re-purpose the Turtle Bay facilities to house the illegal immigrant children and deport them via JFK.

Athos on July 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

No. What we can do with Turtle Bay is to demolish the building, burn the wreckage, stir the ashes, plough the topsoil under, and salt the earth, that nothing so evil may ever grow there again…

JohnGalt23 on July 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Barrack Obama addressing the UN assembly September 25, 2012 following the death of four Americans, including the United States Ambassador, during a terrorist attack on the US consulate at Benghazi, Libya:

“The future must not belong to those who slander the profit of Islam.”

thatsafactjack on July 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

“All of these actions, and similar ones earlier in the conflict, are inconsistent with the UN’s neutrality,”…

You know…

… all of this seems very familiar.

“Hezbollah fighters fired rockets on an almost daily basis from the close proximity of UN observer posts in southern Lebanon, an act of shielding, at least in part, …”

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Apparently, this administrations parameters regarding the use of subtly are entirely situational.

thatsafactjack on July 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Publicly yell and scream at Israel.

Whisper genitally to the UN.

Got it.

Oil Can on July 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Three Israeli Soldiers Killed In Booby-Trapped U.N. Health Clinic…

Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said.

Two of the three were named as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, and Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion.

The three troops, part of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.

The troops had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.

Resist We Much on July 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Publicly yell and scream at Israel.
Whisper genitally to the UN.
Got it.

Oil Can on July 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

OK – given what you said – shouldn’t it be “Pubicly yell and scream at Israel”?

I think you’re on the right track – intentional or not…
;)

dentarthurdent on July 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the

opening of a tunnel, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said.

Two of the three were named as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, and Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion.

The three troops, part of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.

The troops had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.
Resist We Much on July 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Time to start playing for keeps.

Level the building with a few tank rounds before humans or dogs sent in. That should take care of any booby traps.

Hamas are vermin and need to be utterly destroyed.

txdoc on July 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Publicly yell and scream at Israel.

Whisper genitally to the UN.

Got it.

Oil Can on July 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

How does one “whisper genitally’??

How about..Mon cherie, mon cherie. Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?

txdoc on July 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

How does one “whisper genitally’??

How about..Mon cherie, mon cherie. Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?

txdoc on July 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

If we change the first part, as I suggested above, then basically he’s saying in a nice way that King Putt is being a d!ck with Israel, and a pu$$y with the UN – which is about right.

dentarthurdent on July 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Let’s see….UN facilities used to:

hide rockets
hide tunnels
used to shoot at IDF from

So, don’t whine when the IDF shoots back or destroys facility.

And that snake, Chris Guinness, needs to be fired outright.

Blake on July 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

For all those that say we need to get out of the UN, NO!

We keep our veto on the security council because we and the free world need it. What we do is cut our funding to what France does. As far as taking the UN out of the USA, YES.

jukin3 on July 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

I would be ecstatic if the IDF were to take out the UN facility…in New York City.

NOMOBO on July 30, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Subtle was not what was required.

oscarwilde on July 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

It seems a farmer was complaining to a friend about the trouble he was having in getting his stubborn mule to move. After listening to the farmer’s complaint, the friend said he knew just what to do.

“Get a two-by-four and whack the mule across the head with all your might,” advised the friend. The farmer was taken aback. “But how will that get him to move?” asked the farmer. “Well, you see,” the friend said, “first you’ve got to get his attention!”

We need to send our UN representative to the next meeting with a two-by-four!!!

Meanwhile, we need to UN-fund this useless, partisan, anti-democratic, organization!!

landlines on July 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Hamas will continue to fight until the last Palestinian is dead, then claim a Pyrrhic victory.

Skip2014 on July 30, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Move the UN to the underground bunker beneath the Main “Hospital” in Gaza City. Then, collapse the building.

vnvet on July 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Per the latest release on Fox at 6 or 7, the shots that hit the school and shelter were fired from Gaza.

The statement would be more appropriate if it read:

We condemn the UN for arming Hamas and enabling Hamas to fire on its own civilians.

Until the UN stops facilitating shelling of Gaza by Hamas, the US will not provide the UN or Gaza with any further aid.

talkingpoints on July 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Maybe we should not be subtle. While I am no defender of AP, it is easy to be confused when our message is barely louder than the noise level.

PBH on July 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The UN should move to north korea.

It’s utterly spoiled in ny.

I would love to see the younger kim collect money for unpaid parking tickets

disguted by the elites on July 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM