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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman decreed in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that not only were rockets found in UNRWA schools in Gaza, but also that UNRWA then turned them over to Hamas, rather than to Israel.
UNRWA admitted itself on two different occasions since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago that they discovered rockets in their facilities.
Liberman said Israel was very “troubled” by these developments. “UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,” he said.
He said that the decision to give the rockets back to Hamas was something completely “unacceptable.”
Liberman told Ban that the Middle East was in the midst of a “tsunami,” and not because of the events in Gaza, but rather because of what was transpiring in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.
“But that reality is not reflected in part of the UN institutions, such as the UN Human Rights Council where countries like Cuba and Venezuela approve resolutions condemning Israel,” he said. His meeting with Ban came just prior to a meeting of the UNHRC in Geneva about the situation in Gaza.
To illustrate what he said was the international community's hypocrisy, Liberman pointed out that there was not a single condemnation of the killing of 3,000 Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, and not a single discussion about it neither in any international forum, nor even in the institutions of the Palestinian Authority.
Liberman said he expected Ban to work against anti-Israel resolutions that are being pushed through the UN, including what is expected to come out of the UNHRC meeting Wednesday in Geneva.
The foreign minister told Ban that following the fighting in Gaza, a mechanism needed to be established to ensure that the goods – such as concrete – brought into Gaza would be used for the benefit of the people there, and not to build a labyrinth of tunnels from which it is possible to attack Israel.