Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor called Wednesday for the
dismissal of a UN official who earlier this week tweeted a picture of a
Palestinian child covered in blood and falsely claimed she was killed by an IDF
Kuhlood Badawi, an information and media coordinator for OCHA,
the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, posted a link to
the picture of a young girl covered in blood being carried by her father, along
with the tweet: “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel...
Another father carrying his child to a Grave in #Gaza.”
The picture, it
emerged, was published in 2006 by Reuters and was of a Palestinian girl who died
in an accident unrelated to Israel.
Prosor, in his letter to Valerie
Amos, the undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, expressed “outrage”
at Badawi’s conduct, saying that even though her tweet was blatantly false, it
became the top tweet the day it was posted for anything relating to
“We have before us an OCHA information officer who was directly
engaged in spreading misinformation,” Prosor wrote.
“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.
credibility of OCHA is already seriously in doubt among the Israeli public. This
is why immediate action in this case is necessary.”
Prosor said that not
only did Badawi’s actions violate conduct expected of a UN official, but that
she “actively engaged in the demonization of Israel, a member state of the
United Nations. Such actions contribute to incitement, conflict and, ultimately,
Prosor not only called for her firing, but also for an OCHA
statement disassociating itself from her Twitter comments.
Ministry has numerous grievances against OCHA, which is widely viewed in the
ministry as badly one-sided.
“We have long observed, sadly, how OCHA
betrays its stated humanitarian mission, which it has swapped for pro-
Palestinian propaganda,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said
“But this latest piece of furious fabrication goes even below
the low standards it had set so far. It is intolerable that UN money pays for
An OCHA spokeswoman in Jerusalem said she was not authorized to
comment on the incident, and suggested calling the office in New York. The
spokeswoman there said she was unaware of Prosor’s letter, but would look into
it. By press time, no further response was forthcoming.