The US hit on a Doctors Without Borders facility in Afghanistan is raising new questions about the litmus test America holds for when a strike is or is not acceptable, particularly in regards to Israel.
Last summer, during Israel’s 50-day offensive against Hamas in Gaza, the White House had swift and harsh words following a strike outside an UNRWA school, a site where the IDF correctly suspected rockets were being stored. The strike resulted in the alleged death of 10, earning Israel strong international condemnation.
In the immediate aftermath, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued the following statement:
“The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed…The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.”
Yesterday, that statement was brought back into the forefront, as reporter Matt Lee asked Press Secretary Mark Toner how the US could answer for such critiques of Israeli military strategy, when it has so clearly followed with similar actions in Afghanistan, where 22 civilians died as a result of a suspected hospital strike.
In the video above, watch Lee question Toner, who doesn’t appear to have much of an answer.