Israel Calls for Immediate Dismissal of U.N. Tweeter (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 03/18/12)
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Israel´s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has called for
the immediate dismissal of a Jerusalem based U.N. agency employee who
is widely known for her blatant anti-Israel activism.
Khulood Badawi, the information and media coordinator for the United
Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in
Jerusalem, (OCHA), tweeted a controversial photo, on March 10,
showing an Arab girl covered in blood laying in the arms of her
father, with a caption that read, "Palestine is bleeding … another
father killed by #Israel … another father carrying his child to a
grave in #Gaza."
The photo, however, was later identified as a 2006 Reuters photo. The
girl died in a playground or car accident, not as a result of any
actions taken by the IDF.
Yet, the Twitter message, which was re-tweeted by hundreds of other
users, was highly instrumental in spreading a new wave of libels
against the Israel Defense Forces.
Prosor sent a letter to the U.N. emergency coordinator, Valerie Amos,
calling for Badawi’s immediate dismissal.
Prosor wrote that Badawi´s actions not only “violate conduct expected
of a UN official,” but that she also “actively engaged in the
demonization of Israel, a member state of the United Nations. Such
actions contribute to incitement, conflict and, ultimately,
violence,” according to Fox News, which obtained a copy of the letter.
"Although Ms. Badawi´s portrayal of this photo was clearly a blatant
falsehood, her post became the top tweet for anything related to Gaza
on Twitter," Prosor affirmed.
Amos issued a reply saying, “It is regrettable that an OCHA staff
member has posted information on her personal Twitter profile, which
is both false and which reflects on issues that are related to her
work. The opinions expressed in her tweets in no way reflect the
views of OCHA, nor has it been sanctioned by OCHA.”
Badawi, who has neither retracted not apologized for her inaccurate
tweet, will remain employed by the agency during an internal
investigation, Fox News reported. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/18/12)
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