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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

About These UN Schools in Gaza....

Checking out the web about the UN schools in Gaza, I found this illuminating item:

EXCLUSIVE-Gaza headmaster was Islamic Jihad "rocket-maker"

RAFAH, Gaza Strip, May 5 (Reuters) - By day, Awad al-Qiq was a respected science teacher and headmaster at a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip. By night, Palestinian militants say, he built rockets for Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli air strike that killed the 33-year-old last week (note this was last May, not during the current conflict) also laid bare his apparent double life and embarrassed a U.N. agency which has long had to rebuff Israeli accusations that it has aided and abetted guerrillas fighting the Jewish state.

In interviews with Reuters, students and colleagues, as well as U.N. officials, denied any knowledge of Qiq's work with explosives. And his family denied he had any militant links at all, despite a profusion of Islamic Jihad posters at his home.

But militant leaders allied to the enclave's ruling Hamas group hailed him as a martyr who led Islamic Jihad's "engineering unit" -- its bomb makers. They fired a salvo of improvised rockets into Israel in response to his death.

Qiq's body was wrapped in an Islamic Jihad flag at his funeral, pictorial posters in his honour still bedeck his family home this week, and a handwritten notice posted on the metal gate at the entrance to the school declared that Qiq, "the chief leader of the engineering unit", would now find "paradise".

At the bombed-out workshop 3 km (2 miles) from the school, damaged cars can be seen through now-locked gates. A 35-year-old man who gave his name as Abu Mohammed said he had found Qiq dying inside after helicopters fired a missile at the building.

"He was still alive, but he died shortly after," he said.

Qiq's body was wrapped in an Islamic Jihad flag at his funeral, pictorial posters in his honour still bedeck his family home this week, and a handwritten notice posted on the metal gate at the entrance to the school declared that Qiq, "the chief leader of the engineering unit", would now find "paradise".

That poster was removed soon after Reuters visited the Rafah Prep Boys School, run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. Staff there said on Monday that UNRWA officials had told them not to discuss Qiq's activities.

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Yeah, I'll bet they told everyone not to talk about it. Wouldn't want to make UNWRA look like they aid and abet a terrorist organization, would we?

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All these bleating humanitarians who've been so noticeably absent during the last year while Hamas was ratcheting up the rocket fire on a million Israelis (yes, Virginia, that's how far a Grad can reach) have all failed to condemn one of the single worst acts of these jihadi terrorists: booby-trapped dolls.

Apart from suicide-bomber squads, booby-trapped mosques, homes and schools, weapons caches in schools and hospitals, an underground warren of escape and/or ambush tunnels (all of which are not unexpected), they are planting dolls with explosives in them.

Where is the IRC? Where is B'Tzelem? Where is Doctors Without Borders? Where are all those organizations rushing to condemn Israel for responding to Hamas's rocket attacks?

Or are they all either too stupid or too brainwashed to figure out the obvious: WHO is more likely to pick up a doll lying in a house or yard? An IDF paratrooper? Or a six-year-old Palestinian girl?

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