Archive for January 13th, 2009

Truth-the first casualty

January 13, 2009

0113-8Our Orthodox corespondent in Israel, professor Jerry Haber, openly mocks the Israel Defense Force (below) for its continual lies. North Americans may mythologize this crew but Israelis who pay attention deride its trustworthiness.

Canadians who pay attention (when hockey is off the air waves) may recall the blatant murder of  Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener a Canadian  who served with the UN and was murdered  by the IAF in the Lebanon War in July 2006.  Hess-von Kruedener’s wife Cynthia  said her husband told her that the UN site had been fired upon for weeks, despite the fact that their vehicles and buildings were clearly marked. The Israeli forces, ground and air,  have a long track record of murdering innocents. The description below is  from Jerry Haber. 

OK, so you are the commander of the IDF (or its spokesperson), and you learn that an IDF missile has rammed into a UNRWA school building killing innocent civilians, including children.

So what do you do? First you conduct a “preliminary” investigation, and then release a fiction to the press: (You can check it out on the IDF website here.)

Hamas Operatives Killed in UNRWA School

After an investigation that took place over the past hour it has been found that amongst the dead at the Jabalya school were Hamas terror operatives and a mortar battery cell who were firing on IDF forces in the area. Hamas operatives Imad Abu Askhar and Hassan Abu Askhar were amongst terrorists that were identified as killed.

“We face a very delicate situation where the Hamas is using the citizens of Gaza as a protective vest,” said IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, following the incident.

To make the story look good, you accompany it with footage of Hamas operatives firing from within the school.

Unfortunately for you, it is revealed that the footage is from 2007, and the story is contradicted by the United Nations representatives on the ground.. Then some weird things start to happen:

First, UN officials say to Haaretz that IDF officers, in conversations with them, have retracted the story. There were no Hamas operatives in the school.

Then, in response to the growing publicity, the IDF conducts another “preliminary” investigation. The terrorists mysteriously disappear from the school and from the story. Now you tell the press that an IDF patrol wanted to take out a team of terrorists that was firing near the school. A “technical malfunction” made the use of a “smart missle” impossible. So the commander used a missile with a GPS system that has a 30 meter margin of error. Regrettably, missles slammed into the school.

To make things appear better, you can add that not that many people died in the school bombing, that Hamas routinely inflates numbers.

Of course, I have absolutely no reason to believe the IDF’s second or third story, as I had absolutely no reason to believe the first story.

Why would any rational person believe an organization like the IDF that routinely lies?