The United Nations issued a report on Monday that exonerates Israel from responsibility for the death of a Palestinian baby during Operation Pillar of Defense and instead implicates Hamas terrorists.
An image of a grieving father and his dead 11-month-old child were flashed around the world at the time by the major news organizations, blaming an Israeli air strike, and it was used by Hamas as propaganda to blacken Israel’s name in the media.
The father was a BBC camerman, and the BBC, along with the Washington Post and others, accepted the story seemingly without question.
“An Israeli round hit Jihad Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son,” according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar.
An advanced text of the U.N. report released late last week says that “On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.”
A footnote says the case was personally investigated by the U.N., and that they believe the attack originated from Hamas.
Part of a general survey of the conflict, the U.N. document states that Gaza terrorists fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israel between November 14-21, 2012. Six Israelis were killed, including four civilians, and 239 Israelis were wounded. Gaza terrorists admitted to aiming at civilian targets.
“While some projectiles were directed at military objectives, many, if not the vast majority of the Palestinian attacks on Israel constituted indiscriminate attacks,” noted the report. “Such attacks violate international humanitarian law.”
“We’re all one team in Gaza,” Danahar told the Washington Post. After spending a ‘few hours’ with his grieving colleague, a Post reporter wrote, ‘Question asked here is: If Israel can kill a man riding on a moving motorbike (as they did last month), how did Jihad’s son get killed?”
The U.N. has now provided the answer: Jihad’s son was killed not by Israel but by Hamas.