Thomas Wictor

Hamas targeted the UN school at Jabalia

Hamas targeted the UN school at Jabalia

Early in the morning of July 30, 2014, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school at Jabalia, Gaza, was struck by several munitions. The Palestinians, the UN, and the global press immediately blamed Israel. Later in the day, Hamas accidentally blew up its own people while trying to set up a Pallywood production. In contrast, the attack on the UN school—which housed 3300 Palestinian refugees—was a “false flag” operation, to use a phrase popular among conspiracy theorists. Hamas targeted the school at Jabalia, as I’ll prove to you.

Did Israel commit a war crime?

The term “war crime” has been thrown around in reference to the attack on the UNRWA school. This is what Pierre Krähenbühl—UNRWA Commissioner General—said.

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.

“Israel-Gaza conflict: UN accuses Israel of possible war crime after shelling of Gaza schools kills 19,” screams the Independent.

The Irish Times smacks its lips with satisfaction as it quotes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who must’ve written his statement, because he’s totally unintelligible when he tries to speak English.

It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice.

Well, everybody is reporting that the Israelis shot because they were fired on with mortars from the vicinity of the school. Here’s what it’s like when mortars have you zeroed in.

Mortars are deadly weapons. The Israelis defended themselves; therefore, by definition, this is not a war crime. According to…Ban Ki-Moon.

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International law is very clear.

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The relevant definitions of war crimes set forth by the International Committee of the Red Cross are as follows.

a. Willful killing [murder of civilians or defenseless soldiers].

b. Extensive destruction or appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.

c. Destroying property not required by military necessity.

d. Making the civilian population or individual civilians, not taking a direct part in hostilities, the object of attack.

e. Launching an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

f. Making buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes or historic monuments the object of attack, provided they are not military objectives.

The same people gnashing their teeth over this incident admit that the Israelis came under mortar fire from near the school. Therefore this shouldn’t even be a story, considering the willful mass butchery going on in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria.

Most eyewitnesses report three explosions at the Jabalia school.

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The Israelis haven’t confirmed how many times they fired, but the consensus is that they responded with tank shells. If they fired three tank shells at mortar crews who had engaged them, under no circumstances could that be considered a war crime. However, I don’t believe that they fired three tank rounds. As far as I can tell, they fired a single tank shell. And one media outlet did indeed report that.

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It was not a war crime, as any objective thinker would conclude. And guess what the Geneva Conventions say?

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How many times was the school hit?

Although witnesses claim that three tank rounds hit the school, and one news outlet said it was a single round, photos show at least six scenes of severe destruction.

Site One.

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Site Two.

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Site Three.

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Site Four.

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Site Five.

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Site Six.

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When you look at each site closely, you see multiple hits. Site Three has about ten.

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Site Four has three major impacts and many smaller but still significant holes.

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The school was assaulted with heavy-caliber machine guns, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades. Hamas apparently began firing at the school and then fired at the Israelis. When the Israelis responded by shooting a tank shell in the general direction of the mortar fire, Hamas hit the school with almost everything in its arsenal.

Was the damage caused by the tank ammunition that Israel uses?

For urban combat, the Israeli Armored Corps is armed with the Anti-Personnel/Anti-Material Multipurpose Tank Round M329 Kalanit, called the APAM-MP-T (M329). It’s designed to punch a hole through a bunker and kill everyone inside with shrapnel, or it can be used to kill personnel with an air burst, or it can bring down helicopters. This tank round was created SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS SITUATION. It causes far less destruction than artillery.

The M329 has a hardened nose and six shrapnel containers. The electrically timed fuse can be set to whatever you want. This is what the six shrapnel containers look like when they disperse from the tank round, right before they explode.

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Not one of the six damaged sites in the school appear to have been hit with an M329 tank round. The closest is this one.

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There’s a large hole, and there’s some shrapnel damage, but you can see from the way the corrugated roof sheets are bent upward that something exploded beside the building. My guess is it was a Hamas mortar shell. That wall and one other are pockmarked with bullet holes made by a heavy machine gun.

This is a Hamas “technical” mounted with a KPV 14.5 mm antiaircraft gun.

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Terrorists all over the Middle East use these weapons. They combine massive firepower with speedy escape. Witnesses say the firing went on all night. Not from the Israelis, though; I’m sure of that.

This giant hole could have been made by a tank shell.

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However, it wasn’t the Israeli M329, because there’s no shrapnel damage whatsoever. Plus, the munition came down at a nearly vertical angle. I’d say this hole was caused by an RPG-7 used in indirect-fire mode.

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The gunner loaded it with an armor-piercing grenade and aimed at the sky, giving the munition an arced trajectory and allowing it to strike nose first, as though dropped from an aircraft.

Did the Palestinians tamper with the evidence?

Boy, did they ever!

This room shows damage consistent with a mortar shell hitting the roof.

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In this image of the same location, you can see that several ceiling panels have now been removed, and larger pieces of debris have been carted in.

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This is another damaged classroom. The light-green “X” marks a ceiling panel. Note the perforated piece of metal in front of it.

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Now, here’s the same room looking completely wrecked. The hanging panel from the first photo is identified with another light-green “X.”

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Again, they’ve pulled down more of the ceiling. That was a mistake, because I can see that the shrapnel holes were caused by a mortar round.

Did the UN find evidence of Israeli shells?

These are said to be shell fragments found in the school and identified as Israeli.

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“This thing” with the grooves on it is a section of a threaded fuse cavity.

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Artillery shells can have them in the nose or base, and mortar shells have them in the nose. When the round explodes, the fuse cavity shatters into pieces. You know what kind of munition has a fuse cavity that doesn’t shatter when the round explodes? The APAM-MP-T (M329) Kalanit, the tank shell that the IDF fired toward the school. The green arrows mark the fuse cavity.

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On the M329, the six little canisters of shrapnel explode, but the threaded fuse cavity remains intact. That photo of shell fragments shows pieces of artillery or mortar rounds. They could’ve been picked up anywhere.

Conclusion: Hamas deliberately targeted the UN school at Jabalia.

Hamas didn’t merely fire mortars at Israeli troops for the purpose of making the IDF respond and possibly hit the school; Hamas also shot up the school with heavy weapons.

The United Nations and the world owe Israel an apology. But the world is deeply, deeply ill.

Not only was there no massacre of innocents in the Jenin refugee camp, but in the vast majority of cases IDF soldiers took unusual measures—even at the risk of their own safety—to prevent harm to the camp’s civilian population. These efforts, I will show, were not simply isolated acts of restraint. They were the result of decisions made by both the military command and the civilian leadership as part of a deliberate policy aimed at keeping civilian casualties to a minimum. The IDF followed these orders nearly to the letter, even though they significantly complicated fighting in a residential area, and despite the fact that other armies—even the most “enlightened” among them—have rarely shown such a level of concern for civilian populations in time of war.

Though large media organizations have publicly described me as insane, my brain hasn’t ceased to function due to uncontrollable Jew-hate. I can still perceive and accept truth.

This goes out to you, members of the press. With all my love.

Update

I just realized something from looking at these two photos.

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The ceilings aren’t made of concrete. All that rubble is from walls that were knocked down.

There are no corresponding holes on the other sides of the rooms to indicate that the walls were destroyed by tanks shells or any other projectile. Also the glass in the windows is intact.

They smashed down the walls with sledgehammers.


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