He wrote in September for Haaretz:
Behind these statistics are real lives each with a dignity and a destiny that must be nurtured and respected. Allow me to tell you about one of them – the nephew of my colleague, Kamal. A missile struck the house where he lived with his extended family. Four of his brother’s children were severely injured as they slept. Kamal’s eight-year-old nephew was wounded by shrapnel to the face. He was taken to hospital unconscious. The child awoke from his coma blind. We found a hospital in Amman to take the boy. But his mother was denied passage out and eventually his aunt accompanied the sightless boy from Gaza. Ten days later, his father was in the mosque about to pray. It was hit. The child found himself both sightless and fatherless.
In November, he tweeted this:
Mohammed 8, son of #Gaza colleague woke up from coma, blind. His father died later while praying when mosque hit RT pic.twitter.com/12fLpgtoUF— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) November 1, 2014
He used Mohammed for fundraising something called "The Vision Project":
The UNRWA Vision Project came about because of an astonishingly brave kid in Gaza, Mohammad aged 8 whose life was changed forever when a single shell hit his house and blinded him. We need to make this project a reality for hundreds of children in Gaza. Please donate today to end their suffering and help bringing them a brighter future.
More implied Israeli cruelty for his fundraising tweet in May:
The project 2 help kids like Mohammed needs some cash to make it solar http://t.co/G9uO3Eu5p4 thx. @ChrisGunness pic.twitter.com/G5KdS11NyC— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) May 25, 2015
This week he spoke about Mohammed to at least two more audiences in London, one at the US designated terror group Interpal that I mentioned previously, and one other at Parliament:
Told story of brave little Mohammed from Gaza & Vision Project in UK parliament; event attended by MPs and Lords RT pic.twitter.com/GdyIadtoZx— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) October 27, 2015
That is a lot of mileage from a kid who was blinded by an airstrike.
But who is to blame for Mohammed's blindness?
This man - Mohammed's father, Nidal, a commander for Hamas Al Qassam Brigades Nuseirat Battalion.
Nidal was a legitimate target under the laws of war by any definition,. He used his family, including Mohammed, as human shields.
No one was killed in the Israeli airstrike targeting Nidal, although Mohammed's siblings were injured.
A week later, Nidal met with two other senior Hamas terrorists in a mosque at 3:30 AM, way before dawn prayers. Israeli forces did not miss that time and all three were killed. Hamas detained an AP reporter looking at the rubble of the mosque because they didn't want him to see evidence that the mosque was in fact a terrorist headquarters.
Mohammed Badran is blind because his father was a disgusting Hamas terrorist who valued his own life above that of his family.
Gunness knows that Mohammed's father was a Hamas terrorist. He won't ever admit it out loud.
Because this is all about money, and Chris Gunness is more than happy to cynically use this victim of Hamas policy to raise money.
UNRWA cannot fundraise by telling the truth. Mohammed is young and his photos are heartbreaking. So Israel must be blamed for his injuries, explicitly or implicitly - because UNRWA raises cash from donors who hate Israel.
Truth be damned - UNRWA needs to slander Israel in order to make money so it can teach the next generation to hate Israel even more.
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