Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

Jabal al Baba’s Kindergarten

OCHA oPt (Palestine)‏ yesterday tweeted out:

Earlier this morning, Israeli authorities dismantled a kindergarten in Jabal al Baba community, #Jerusalem



That read quite ominous. And I am sure millions of people are upset.

Most because they believe the tweet’s content.  Others because they really feel they can’t.

I contacted COGAT (The Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories), which implements the government’s civilian policy in the territories of Judea and Samaria and is subordinate to Israel’s Minister of Defense and to the Major General of the unit.  It is also responsible for coordination and liaison with the Palestinian Authority.

I asked them about that tweet and their response:

An illegal tin and wood shed was caught in Eizaria, that was established over the past two weeks without receiving the required permits. The shed was confiscated by virtue of the procedure to confiscate caravans and in accordance to the law. We would like to emphasize that the construction was not in use.

So, another bit of untruth promoted by the UN, for OCHA is the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.In 2002, OCHA established its Country Office in “the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)“.

We now know that the “kindergarten’ was a shed. And ignorant people shed tears and get angry at Israel.

Don’t believe Arab anti-Israel propaganda, even is it carries the imprimatur of the UN.

The OCHA (oPT) issues weekly reports. Some of them reported on incidents near where I live. For example, uprooting vineyards or cutting down trees. I asked them if they have on-site visits to confirm claims/complaints made to them. No answer.

So know: just another mouthpiece for many unfounded “atrocity stories.”

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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