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Israel has a history of killing UN peacekeepers

 
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UN 'urged Israelis to hold fire 10 times before post was hit'
By Tim Butcher in Tyre
(Filed: 27/07/2006)

Israel was accused yesterday of ignoring repeated appeals to halt attacks around a United Nations monitoring post before it bombed the position, killing four UN officials.

A preliminary UN report into the bombing by an Israeli warplane on Tuesday evening said that personnel from the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon made 10 warning calls to Israeli forces before the attack.

The most senior Irish officer attached to the UN force said he had made six warning calls as shells landed close to the bunker.

Israel's refusal to heed the appeals caused an uncharacteristically frank outburst from Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, when he accused Israel of "apparently deliberate targeting" the peacekeepers.

This was denied by Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the UN, plunging the already fraught relationship between the international body and Israel to a new low. Israel has long believed that the UN has been hijacked by pro-Arab sentiment.

However, Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, telephoned Mr Annan yesterday to express "deep regrets" over the loss of life and to assure him that Israel would hold a full inquiry into the incident.

The phone calls were made after the unarmed monitors inside the UN bunker at Khiyyam reported their position being hit around 20 times by Israeli artillery and airstrikes.

UN sources alleged yesterday that the Israeli military ignored the plea after it was passed up through the chain of command. A laser-guided munition is believed to have then dropped on the UN position, which is painted white and clearly illuminated.

The four monitors inside - from Canada, Austria, Finland and China - were killed.

"The bunkers are big white things - you can see them for miles and they are lit up at night," a UN source said.

"If you keep firing all afternoon into a position like that then, ultimately, something will go wrong."

The four monitors, who belonged to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation, were not the first UN peacekeepers to die during Israel's bloody attempt to stop Hizbollah militants firing rockets across its northern border.

A Nigerian member of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) was killed in Housh, a suburb of Tyre, when his house was demolished by an airstrike.

But while the death of the peacekeeper in his home angered the UN, the attack on the well-known bunker marked clearly on military maps available to Israeli forces left peacekeepers seething.

The entire Unifil presence in Tyre has withdrawn to the force headquarters a few miles south along the coast at Naqoura but yesterday a few peacekeepers who used to be based in the city went to recover personal possessions. "The guys who died were my friends," said a Belgian captain. "The situation is crazy."

Mr Annan was furious. "I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli defence forces of a UN observer post in southern Lebanon," he said.

Mr Gillerman parodied Mr Annan's choice of words when he responded on behalf of Israel. "I was shocked and deeply distressed by the hasty statement by the secretary general insinuating Israel has deliberately targeted the UN post and surprised at these premature and erroneous assertions," he said. "The secretary general, while demanding an investigation, has already issued his conclusions." Mr Olmert denied that Israel had targeted the bunker when he spoke to Mr Annan.

Israel has a history of killing UN peacekeepers on its border with Lebanon. In 1996 Israel killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who had sought sanctuary inside a UN base in the town of Qana. A shell landed inside the UN perimeter in what Israel insisted was an accident.

The Khiyyam bunker is only a few hundred yards from an old prison used during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon in the 1980s and 1990s.

The prison has been turned into a museum by Hizbollah and its former inmates show visitors round. With its hilltop position, the bunker offered excellent views of the border. The UN source said there was no doubt that the fire that hit the bunker came from Israel.

He said: "Israel knows these positions and they have had two weeks to zero in on this area, and register targets and where you don't want to hit."
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UN 'urged Israelis to hold fire 10 times before post was hit'
By Tim Butcher in Tyre
(Filed: 27/07/2006)

Israel was accused yesterday of ignoring repeated appeals to halt attacks around a United Nations monitoring post before it bombed the position, killing four UN officials.

A preliminary UN report into the bombing by an Israeli warplane on Tuesday evening said that personnel from the UN peacekeeping force in south Lebanon made 10 warning calls to Israeli forces before the attack.

The most senior Irish officer attached to the UN force said he had made six warning calls as shells landed close to the bunker.

Israel's refusal to heed the appeals caused an uncharacteristically frank outburst from Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, when he accused Israel of "apparently deliberate targeting" the peacekeepers.

This was denied by Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the UN, plunging the already fraught relationship between the international body and Israel to a new low. Israel has long believed that the UN has been hijacked by pro-Arab sentiment.

However, Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, telephoned Mr Annan yesterday to express "deep regrets" over the loss of life and to assure him that Israel would hold a full inquiry into the incident.

The phone calls were made after the unarmed monitors inside the UN bunker at Khiyyam reported their position being hit around 20 times by Israeli artillery and airstrikes.

UN sources alleged yesterday that the Israeli military ignored the plea after it was passed up through the chain of command. A laser-guided munition is believed to have then dropped on the UN position, which is painted white and clearly illuminated.

The four monitors inside - from Canada, Austria, Finland and China - were killed.

"The bunkers are big white things - you can see them for miles and they are lit up at night," a UN source said.

"If you keep firing all afternoon into a position like that then, ultimately, something will go wrong."

The four monitors, who belonged to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation, were not the first UN peacekeepers to die during Israel's bloody attempt to stop Hizbollah militants firing rockets across its northern border.

A Nigerian member of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) was killed in Housh, a suburb of Tyre, when his house was demolished by an airstrike.

But while the death of the peacekeeper in his home angered the UN, the attack on the well-known bunker marked clearly on military maps available to Israeli forces left peacekeepers seething.

The entire Unifil presence in Tyre has withdrawn to the force headquarters a few miles south along the coast at Naqoura but yesterday a few peacekeepers who used to be based in the city went to recover personal possessions. "The guys who died were my friends," said a Belgian captain. "The situation is crazy."

Looks like mission accomplished. Get the Peacekeepers out of the area altogether.

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Mr Annan was furious. "I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli defence forces of a UN observer post in southern Lebanon," he said.
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Well, they can f...ck over suck-up Murkans and Europeans all day, but they might want to be a little more careful in dicking with the Chinese, else they could end up being roast duck.
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...can't stand that koffee enema and his band of anti-(anything west) spewing ass-wipes...time the USA kicks out those u/n clowns and moves the u/n 'Useless Nuesense' to fwance with the rest of those progressive european wienies...
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your smiley guy having sex with a dog is offensive. Beastiality is a sin.
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United Nations an Accomplice in Hezbollah Kidnapping:

After Hezbollah's kidnapping of a pair of Israeli soldiers spurred an Israeli counter-attack, many critics of Israel actions have suggested that the United Nations can serve as a buffer between Israel and Hezbollah. To the contrary, the United Nations has a well-established record of collaboration with Hezbollah in the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been deployed since 1978, not long after Israel first entered Lebanon in pursuit of PLO terrorists. UNIFIL was created pursuant to Security Council Resolution 425, for the purpose of "confirming the withdrawal of Israeli forces, restoring international peace and security and assisting the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area." Quite obviously UNFIL has utterly failed to achieve the Security Council's objectives, either before or after Israel's 2000 complete withdrawal from Lebanon. One reason is that UNIFIL does not interdict Hezbollah attacks on Israel. Instead, UNIFIL allows Hezbollah to set up positions next to UNFIL units, in effect using UNIFIL as human shields against Israeli counterstrikes. (Aluf Benn, Israel accuses UN of collaborating with Hezbollah," Haaretz, Sept. 11, 2005.)

UNIFIL's most notorious collaboration with terrorists involved the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli soldiers, and the subsequent cover-up.

On October 7, 2000, Hezbollah terrorists entered Israel, attacked three Israeli soldiers on Mount Dov, and abducted them Lebanon. The kidnapping was witnessed by several dozen UNIFIL soldiers who stood idle. One of the soldier witnesses described the kidnapping: the terrorists set of an explosive which stunned the Israeli soldiers. Clad in UN uniforms, the terrorists called out, "Come, come, we’ll help you."

The Israeli soldiers approached the men in UN uniforms. Then, a Hezbollah bomb detonated—-apparently prematurely. It wounded the disguised Hezbollah commander, and three Israeli soldiers.

Two other terrorists in U.N. uniforms dragged their Hezbollah commander and the three wounded soldiers into a getaway car.

According an Indian solider in UNIFIL who witnessed the kidnapping, "By this stage, there was a big commotion and dozens of UN soldiers from the Indian brigade came around." The witness stated that the brigade knew that the kidnappers in UN uniform were Hezbollah. One soldiers said that the brigade should arrest the Hezbollah, but the brigade did nothing.

According to the Indian soldier, the UNFIL brigade in the area "could have prevented the kidnapping."

"I’m very sorry about what happened, because we saw what happened," he said. Hezbollah "were wearing our uniforms and it was too bad we didn’t stop them."

It appears that at least four of the UNIFIL "peacekeepers," all from India, has received bribes from Hezbollah in order to assist the kidnapping by helping them get to the kidnapping spot and find the Israeli soldiers. Some of the bribery involved alcohol and Lebanese women.

The Indian brigade later had a bitter internal argument, as some members complained that the brigade had betrayed its peacekeeping mandate. An Indian government investigation sternly criticized the brigade's conduct.

There is evidence of far greater payments by Hezbollah to the UNIFIL Indian brigade, including hundreds of thousands of dollars for assistance in the kidnapping and cover-up.

The UN cover-up began almost immediately.

Lebanon's The Daily Star reported the story told by a former officer of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), which is part of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). ("UN 'destroyed' evidence after abduction of 3 Israeli troops," The Daily Star, July 20, 2001.)

A few hours after the kidnapping, UNTSO learned that two abandoned cars had been discovered. One was a white Nissan Pathfinder with fake UN insignia; it had hit an embankment because it was being driven so fast that the driver missed a turn. The other was a Range Rover; it was missing a tire rim, and was still running when it was discovered.

Rather than using the very-recently-abandoned vehicles as clues to rescue the kidnap victims, the UN initiated a cover-up. The next morning, eighteen hours after the kidnapping, a team of OGL and the Indian UNIFIL began removing the contents of the cars.

The Range Rover was soaked with blood. Among the contents of the vehicles may have been a cell phone belonging to the terrorists. The UNTSO officer confirmed that the cars contained "extremely sensitive" items which included "current and relevant information that could have been easily linked to the incident."

A UNIFIL peacekeeper videotaped the removal of the contents, and attempted to tow one of the cars. According to a much-later U.N. report, there were fifty items taken from the car, seven of them blood-stained. (Report of the fact-finding investigation relating to the abduction of three Israeli soldiers on 7 October 2000 and subsequent relevant events, Aug. 2, 2001.)
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The end of the UNIFIL videotape featured armed Lebanese men confronting the UN forces, and taking the cars away from the UN. The UN personnel did not resist, because, they later claimed, the cars did not belong to the UN anyway.

The UNTSO officer told The Daily Star that the UN ordered its personnel to destroy all photographs and written reports about the incident.

The U.N. did not provide the Israelis with the automobile contents, or the videotape, both of which might have helped the Israelis rescue the kidnap victims. Instead, the seized contents of the cars were taken to a town in Lebanon, stored in a safe, and some were eventually returned to Hezbollah.

Israel found out about the videotape, and demanded that the UN let Israeli investigators see it. Kofi Annan and his Special Envoy denied that any videotape existed. It is not clear whether Annan was lying, or whether he was misled.

Nine months after the kidnapping, July 6, 2001, the UN admitted that is had the videotape. Annan ordered an internal UN Report, which was led by UN undersecretary-General Joseph Connor. (Connor was later implicated in the Oil-for-Food scam.) The report revealed that the UN had two additional videotapes—one of which contained still photographs from the kidnapping itself. The UN investigation declared that there was no evidence that the UNIFIL forces had been bribed, or that the UN had deliberately misled anyone.

Even after admitting the existence of the first videotape, Annan refused to allow Israel to view it. He claimed that letting Israel see evidence about the kidnapping would undermine the UN’s neutrality. Thus, Annan insisted on neutrality between innocent victims and terrorists who had used fake UN insignia and who had taken vehicles from UN staff a gunpoint.

The United States House of Representatives, on July 30, 2001, passed by a vote of 411-4 a resolution urging the UN to allow Israel to see the videotape. Annan relented, but only under the condition that the tape be edited so as to hide the faces of the Hezbollah perpetrators. He also agreed to give the Israelis some, but not all, of the items which the UN had seized from the getaway cars.

On January 29, 2004, the bodies of the murdered Israelis were returned to Israel by Hezbollah, as part of a prisoner exchange.
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Maybe the UN will get the message!

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UN peacekeepers, what an oxymoron. Koffi Annan swallows Hezblowloads jerkit tp
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UN peacekeepers, what an oxymoron. Koffi Annan swallows Hezblowloads jerkit tp
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Send Ehud Dhamer to keep the peace.jerkit tp
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