Monday, November 30, 2015

  • Monday, November 30, 2015
  • Elder of Ziyon
Today, the Palestinian Authority's official WAFA news agency reported:
Israeli forces Sunday raided and wreaked havoc into a Kindergarten in the town of Beit of Ummar to the south of Hebron, according to a local official.

Spokesperson of the anti settlement popular committee in Beit Ummar, Mohammed Awad, informed WAFA that armed Israeli soldiers raided a kindergarten at dawn, after breaking down its main front door and windows.

He said that forces further destroyed the furniture, computers, and children’s belongings, as well as ripped up the tiles of one of the classrooms, before withdrawing from the area.

This was reported elsewhere, always quoting Mr. Awad, whose committee of which he is almost certainly the only member is named "Popular Committee Against Settlements and the Apartheid Wall in Beit Ummar." The supposedly raided kindergarten is called "Hope for the Future of Children."

One would think in an age where everyone is carrying a camera in their pocket that photos and videos of this damage would be widely published. But for some reason, I cannot find any photos of smashed computers, broken windows and ripped up floor tiles. No photos of children's toys strewn about either.

A different kindergarten in Beit Ummar
Remarkably, this is not the first time that Mr. Awad claimed that Israeli forces raided a kindergarten in Beit Ummar. In 2010 he gave an eerily similar report about IDF forces ransacking the "Birds of Paradise" kindergarten that was published by Ma'an  - again without photographs and without anyone sending a photographer to document the crime.

It almost seems as if they are just making stuff up. But we can't accuse the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian media of doing that, can we?

UPDATE: Bob Knot found the Facebook page for the kindergarten. It mentions that it was closed yesterday because of the IDF but does not mention any damage or what they did there.

He also found a video showing damage to the kindergarten and Awad's (actually Ayyad's) Facebook page had photos.

There was a major IDF operation in the area yesterday and apparently the kindergarten was used at one point.

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