Thursday, October 14, 2004
Israel retracts UN "missile" allegation
Adding insult to genocide, Israel has been flinging ludicrous allegations around at the UN:
The Israeli army has retracted its accusation that Palestinian resistance fighters in
An army statement on Wednesday said an inquiry concluded "the nature of the object loaded on the vehicle cannot be determined with certainty. Thus the determination that the object loaded was a Qassam rocket was too unequivocal and made in haste."UNRWA said the Israeli statement was insufficient.
"We are asking for an apology that is just as well publicised as the original accusation," spokesman Paul McCann said. "Not for the sake of wounded pride but to assist in the safety of our staff."
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to
UNRWA said the object was a stretcher, not a rocket.
The Israeli army on 5 October backed away from the accusation and removed the video from its website, saying doubts had been raised that warranted further investigation.
An Israeli security source said the fact that one person had lifted the object "suggested it was not heavy enough" to be a rocket.