Israel seeks dismissal of U.N. official

March 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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JERUSALEM, March 18 (UPI) -- Israel has asked the United Nations to dismiss one of its Jerusalem officers for posting inflammatory material on the Internet, Israel's U.N. ambassador says.

Ambassador Ron Prosor requested the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs fire Khulood Badawi for alleged anti-Israeli activities, Fox News reported Saturday. Badawi posted a photograph on Twitter showing a bleeding Palestinian child with the caption: "Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by Israel. Another father carrying a child to Israel," the American broadcaster said.

Israeli authorities say the Palestinian girl did not die in a recent Israeli air strike in Gaza as Badawi claimed, but in a car or playground accident in 2006, Fox News said.

"Ms. Badawi stands in complete violation of Articles 100 and 101 of the U.N. charter," Proser said.

OCHA Undersecretary-General Valerie Amos, however, said while it is regrettable Badawi posted false information "the opinions expressed in her tweets in no way reflect the views of OCHA nor has it been sanctioned by OCHA," Fox News said.

Amanda Pitt, a spokeswoman for OCHA, said Badawi will remain employed pending an internal inquiry.

Fox News said OCHA and Israeli officials will meet Monday in Israel to discuss Badawi's activity.

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