In a statement today, president Obama’s State Department Announced Israeli troops are not allowed to defend themselves when being attacked by Hamas using human shields.
August 3, 2014
The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks. The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.
We continue to underscore that all parties must take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties and protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law.
If Israel has the right to defend itself, and Hamas is using a civilians as human shields the logical conclusion is that Israel shouldn’t be bashed for the civilian deaths–Hamas should. So the truth is based on the statement above is the Obama administration does not Israel to defend herself because when Hamas is firing at Israel behind human shields Israeli troops are not allowed to fire back.
Sadly the only real effect of the State Department statement is to encourage Hamas to use even more civilians as human shields.