A very big song and dance was made about the tragic, untimely and wholly avoidable death of the infant son of the BBC’s Gaza reporter, Mr. Jihad al-Masharawi during the November clash between Israel and Hamas. This story made some very big headlines in Norway, with the usual accusations of ‘war crimes’, etc.
Now, after UN led investigations, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has concluded it is more likely that the infant died of stray Hamas rockets than Israeli airstrikes.
True, nothing will repair the terrible loss the parents of the infant, 11 month old Omar al-Masharawi have suffered, he is indeed an innocent victim in a terrible war.
However, it also does not add anything beneficial to blame the death of Omar on Israel. It is wholly and fully attributable to the various terror outfits in Gaza, under the explicit command of Hamas (or so they want us to believe…). This piece of information has mysteriously been withheld from the Norwegian audience. Thankfully, nowadays, if the mainstream media is too lazy to update information, even if the story lies several months back in the public memory, it is a sin of omission to continue to serve a vile lie that Israel murdered this child – bloggers like me can take the two minutes it takes to copy and paste from trustworthy news agencies.
lifted from ynetnews.com
UN: Palestinian terrorists likely killed Gaza baby
Report by High Commissioner for Human Rights says death of BBC reporter’s son apparently caused by ‘Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel’
Associated PressAn errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, likely killed the baby of a BBC reporter during fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory last November, a UN report indicated, challenging the widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression.
Omar al-Masharawi, an 11-month-old infant, was killed on Nov. 14, the first day of fighting. An Associated Press photograph showed Omar’s anguished father, Jihad al-Masharawi, clutching his slain child wrapped in a shroud. Palestinians blamed Israel, and the image was broadcast around the world and widely shared on social media.
Now a report from the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says the baby was “killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.”
Gaza’s rulers, the terrorist Islamic group Hamas, whose fighters fired most of the rockets into Israel during the conflict, had no response Monday.
BBC officials had no immediate comment, and Jihad al-Masharawi said he couldn’t discuss the issue. An Israeli military spokesman said they could not confirm or deny whether they hit the al-Masharawi house.
Israeli airstrike in Gaza (Archive photo: Reuters)
Matthias Behnke, head of OHCHR office for the Palestinian territories, cautioned he couldn’t “unequivocally conclude” that the death was caused by an errantly fired Palestinian rocket. He said information gathered from eyewitnesses led them to report that “it appeared to be attributable to a Palestinian rocket.”
He said Palestinian terrorists were firing rockets at Israel not far from the al-Masharawi home. Behnke said the area was targeted by Israeli airstrikes, but the salvo that hit the al-Masharawi home was “markedly different.”
He said there was no significant damage to the house, unusual for an Israeli strike. He said witnesses reported that a fireball struck the roof of the house, suggesting it was a part of a homemade rocket. Behnke said the type of injuries sustained by al-Masharawi family members were consistent with rocket shrapnel.
The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said it still held Israel responsible for Omar’s death.
The PCHR has condemned Hamas fighters and other terrorists in the past for errantly-fired rockets that have killed Palestinians, including during the November clash.
A researcher said the group interviewed family members, neighbors and security officials before they concluded that an Israeli strike killed the baby. She requested anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.
The baby was killed hours following the eruption of fighting after Israel killed a top Hamas terror leader in an airstrike, in response to incessant rocket fire by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.
Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes, targeting terror centers and fighters in Gaza. Palestinian terrorists indiscriminately fired hundreds of rockets and mortar shells toward Israel.
During the 8-day conflict, about 160 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
The UN report did not name the al-Masharawi family in its one-sentence statement about the incident. Behnke, the UN official, said the report referred to the incident.
The report discussed the incident in the context of Palestinian terrorists disregarding civilians, both by firing rockets from crowded Palestinian areas and by aiming them indiscriminately into Israel.