ISRAEL BATTLES U.N. OVER ´BLOODIED GIRL´ / Propaganda poses security threat, could incite violence (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Stewart Stogel UNITED NATIONS 06/01/12)
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UNITED NATIONS – Israel is battling the United Nations over a U.N.
employee who tweeted a false claim of child-killing against the
Israel Defense Forces.
The Internet posting alleged that the IDF was responsible for the
death of a girl in Gaza. It was accompanied by the image of a man
carried a gravely injured and bloodied young girl.
Israeli officials say the falsely captioned photo has gone viral and
is posing a serious security threat to civilians in the region
because it could incite violence. Israeli sources have confirmed they
believe the goal of the posting was to create a dangerous situation
for their citizens.
The photograph was pulled from a 2006 archive that documented an
accident unrelated to the IDF in which the girl was injured.
When the Tweet was sent several months ago, Ron Prosor, Israel’s
United Nations ambassador, promptly filed a complaint and asked that
action be taken against the U.N. staff member, Kulhood Badawi, an
information and media coordinator in the humanitarian affairs office
in the U.N.’s Jerusalem complex.
But nothing has been done, apparently.
Prosor said it’s been long enough.
He wrote in an email: “It is outrageous that three months have
passed, and Kulhood Badawi is still on the U.N.’s payroll. OCHA
(Office of Humanitarian Affairs) expects Israel to provide it with
information at the drop of a hat, but finds every excuse to delay
action and stall for time when its own employee who is in charge of
information has been caught red-handed spreading misinformation.”
He continued, “If the U.N. wants Israel to take assertions of
objectivity with any shred of seriousness, it should expedite the
investigation and take action to terminate Ms. Badawi.”
Martin Nesirky, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
declined to comment other than to say the investigation still “is
Israeli diplomatic sources say if the U.N. continues to delay the
review, a procedure Prosor publicly has labeled a “whitewash,” Israel
could consider acting on its own. One of the options is to expel
Badawi from Jerusalem.
The latest developments came after Israel became fed up with trying
to obtain a resolution from the office of Valerie Amos, a former
cabinet member for Tony Blair and the highest ranking British
national in the world body in her position as under secretary-general
for humanitarian affairs.
The tentacles of the catastrophe now have reached to the desk of the
Prosor’s original complaint came March 14 regarding Badawi’s Twitter
posting of the following image:
The photo was accompanied by the comment: “Palestine is bleeding.
Another child killed by Israel. Another father carrying a child into
a grave in Gaza.”
But the image, Prosor documented, was from 2006 when Reuters reported
on a local accident in which the IDF had no involvement. Reuters
confirmed his details.
Prosor had complained in March: “We have before us an OCHA
information officer who was directly engaged in spreading
misinformation. When the conduct of an OCHA employee so grossly
deviates from the organization’s responsibility to remain impartial,
the integrity of the entire organization is eroded. The credibility
of OCHA is already seriously in doubt among the Israeli public. That
is why immediate action in this case is necessary.”
But the U.N. has refused to disclose what, if any, action has been
taken or is being contemplated. An official speaking for Amos’ office
in New York, Amanda Pitt, declined to explain why OCHA decided to
investigate itself, rather than having the Office of Internal
Oversight Services do the work.
An OIOS official said the U.N. branch did not ask for his help.
Prosor has reported Badawi previously has been involved in
such “misinformation” activities.
According to Prosor, Badawi was videotaped leading an anti-Israel
demonstration in March 2008. During the gathering, Badawi was said to
have been taped calling Israel’s defense minister a “war criminal”
and a “child murderer.”
The Blaze recently reported that the Tweet still is present on
Badawi’s account and has been shared by many other users. The report
explains the child actually was hurt falling off a swing.
Commented the Blaze: “Despite this clear evidence, Badawi has yet to
come forward and apologize for tweeting and attributing the image
incorrectly. Perhaps her activism and strong allegiance to
Palestinian ideals has prevented her from doing so.” (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 06/01/12)
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