A little research shows Hamda has been pushing Hamas talking points to media outlets. Get this interview he did with NPR reporter Melissa Block when he insisted Hamas terrorists never fired rockets from the UN School in Gaza:
BLOCK: The claim from the Israeli military has been that Hamas uses the population within Gaza basically as human shields, that they infiltrate what would be civilian sites. And that's why some of these places have come under attack. What do you think about that?
Mr. HAMDA: I think this is totally wrong. It's a war media. It's an advertising for themselves. Why? Because UNRWA School has been targeted by the Israeli fighters.
BLOCK: This would be the United Nations school that was targeted.
Mr. HAMDA: Exactly, exactly. And innocent people, most of them are wounded and killed. There are no fighters in the UNRWA schools. I challenge them if they have - they say that even they have on tube - that they shoot each rocket and they have it on video, on the YouTube, why they shot that rocket or whom they were targeting. I bet them, if they can't approve that if there was a militant or a rocket launched from that school.
Quite a powerful denial from Hamda. But it isn't true. Look at some actual evidence about terror activities at the UN school in Gaza. First, the video evidence. Below is video of Hamas terrorists firing mortar into Israel from the UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun in 2007:
Now let's look at published reports. Reuters published a report last May that UN School headmaster Awad al-Qiq was killed in an Israeli air strike. The report said that Palestinian terrorists hailed Awad al-Qiq as martyr, and evidence emerged that he had been leading a double life - headmaster by day, Hamas rocket maker by night. (I blogged about this last May.) A Jerusalem Post article earlier this month quotes two witnesses who claim they saw terrorists firing rockets from a street close to the UN School. An Israeli Defense Forces report on Hamas terrorists using the Beit Hanoun UN school here.
Who are you going to believe: a Palestinian stringer, or your lying eyes?
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