Saturday, October 02, 2004

IAF cameras catch a UN vehicles transporting a rocket for terrorists (JPost)

Israel plans to call for the resignation of Peter Hansen, the commissioner-general of UNRWA in Gaza, after IDF cameras caught Palestinians terrorists apparently using an UNRWA vehicle to transport a Kassam rocket in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF released footage taken by unmanned aerial vehicles showing masked men loading what appeared to be a Kassam rocket into an ambulance marked 'UN' on its roof. The black-and-white footage showed the men driving off in the vehicle inside the Jabalya refugee camp.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, said he plans to file a complaint with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan over the matter.
He told Army Radio that the UN was turning into a tool of terrorists instead of fostering peace.
'It is inconceivable that the UN, which is supposed to be spreading peace is being used as a cover for terror,' Gillerman said.

Gillerman specifically cast blame on Peter Hansen, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip. 'He is a hater of Israel. He is the source of the problem. The UN needs to ask if this man should hold such a central position.'
'We view this incident very seriously, and I intend on Monday to turn to the UN secretary-general with a very strong complaint. I will ask that they come to the necessary conclusions regarding UNRWA, to check the incident, and establish a serious committee of inquiry that will get to the bottom of this thing. It is unacceptable that the UN, which is supposed to further the goals of peace, will turn into a shelter for murderers,' Gillerman said.