National Post

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More proof of Israel’s restraint
National Post

On Nov. 14, 2012, the Israeli Defense Forces began Operation Pillar of Defense, aimed at Hamas’ Gaza-based network of rocket batteries and terrorist hideouts. Soon after the conflict began, tragedy befell one Palestinian family. Their home was destroyed by a powerful explosion. Three civilians, including an 11-month-old boy, were killed.

The father of the child was a photojournalist working for the BBC in Gaza. Photos of his anguished reaction to the tragic loss of his son were seen around the world, and quickly became a rallying point for those opposed to the Israeli operation. Media reports laid the boy’s death at Israel’s feet. Journalists slammed the death of the child of one of their own. Israel again faced criticisms that its attacks, no matter the provocation, could not be justified.

But, thanks to a new report from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), we now know better. It concludes that the missile that killed the young child was, in fact, a Hamas rocket. It apparently malfunctioned and crashed into Gaza on its way to Israel, after being launched by Hamas from a position near the family home — itself a violation of international law.

Il y a eu des tonnes de gens (médias traditionnels et sociaux) pour rapporter la nouvelle de cet enfant qui aurait été tué par l’armée israélienne. Il y aura bien peu de gens pour rapporter qu’elle était fausse… De l’antisémitisme furtif…