See 19 Nov update to this story here.
Since the notoriously anti-Israel International Committee of the Red Cross has already tried to whitewash this incident, I have written the following self-explanatory letter to the British Red Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Sir/MadamHere is their response (which actually arrived within 3 hours): and my follow-up:
I would be grateful for your opinion about the incident on 13 November 2015 near Hebron when a Jewish family including several young children was attacked by Palestinian terrorists resulting in the death of the father Yaakov Litman and 18-year-old son Netanel Litman.
You can find the details of the terrorist attack, as described by Noa Litman who survived it, here:
In the words of the survivors of the attack the Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulance refused to treat the victims, presumably because they were Jews. The subsequent 'denial' by the Palestinian Red Crescent is, as is common from most official statements emanating from the Palestine Authority, a pack of lies; indeed they have been proven to be liars on many previous occasions when they denied claims that Palestinian Red Crescent Ambulances were being used to carry terrorists. For example, during the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas terrorists routinely travelled in Red Crescent Ambulances to carry out attacks: http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Analysis-Fighting-terrorists-who-move-around-in-ambulances-363498
The Palestinian Red Crescent operates under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and I would like to know what the British Red Cross is going to do about this.
Many thanks for your email concerning the tragic events that occurred on the 13th November near Hebron.
The British Red Cross understands that a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance arrived and started providing First Aid to the wounded. A few minutes later, two Israeli ambulances, one belonging to the Israeli army and another from Magen David Adom, arrived at the scene. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that their ambulances left the incident as Israeli paramedics had arrived and were providing medical care to casualties and that their team believed the situation had become unsafe for Palestinian Red Crescent personnel to remain.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society, like other Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations (including the British Red Cross and the Magen David Adom), adheres to the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (https://www.icrc.org/eng/assets/files/other/icrc_002_0513.pdf ). These Fundamental Principles require all Red Cross and Red Crescent actors to provide impartial assistance, making no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. We endeavour to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
The British Red Cross highlights the need for all parties to a conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law and prohibit all attacks on civilians and medical personnel engaged in the provision of humanitarian relief.
Thank you again for your email and please do contact us again should you require any further information.
And here is my follow-up:
Thank you for your prompt response. Unfortunately, you have simply repeated the story provided by the Palestinian Red Crescent, which is at odds with the statement provided by the victims.
Based on their extensive history of lying, as well as direct support for terrorism, can you explain why you believe their version of events and not that of the victims and Israeli authorities (which is supported by recorded telephone calls)?
There is also an obvious flaw in the Palestinian Red Crescent version of events. They say "their team believed the situation had become unsafe for Palestinian Red Crescent personnel to remain." In what possible sense was it unsafe for them to remain? If they are inferring that their own lives were in danger because of the presence of Israeli emergency personnel, then this is not only a lie but also a potential blood libel and inversion of reality. It is not Israeli emergency personnel who endanger lives - only Palestinians.
Also please note that the Palestinians do not regard the killings of the Israeli civilians as 'tragic events'. In fact, there was as usual widespread celebration among the Palestinians over the killings with praise for the 'heroic operation' not just from Hamas and other terrorist groups but also from members of the Palestine Authority.
Yours Edgar DavidsonSee also:
Yesterday's terrorist attacks in Israel and Paris highlight media and politicians' hypocrisy