Israeli Diplomat: Fake Gaza Pic Violates UN Charter

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Proser called on the U.N. to fire Khulood Badawi, the Jerusalem-based information and media coordinator for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

During the recent escalation in rocket attacks on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, Badawi posted a photo on Twitter of an Arab father holding his bleeding daughter, with the text, "Palestine is bleeding…another father killed by #Israel…carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza," claiming the child had been killed by an Israeli airstrike the day before.

Badawi used a picture shot by Reuters in 2006 of a child who died in a playground or car accident, according to varying reports. 

"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," Proser wrote in a letter to U.N. emergency coordinator Valerie Amos.

"Ms. Badawi stands in complete violation of articles 100 and 101 of the U.N. Charter, which state that all U.N. staff "shall refrain from any action that might reflect on their position as international officials..."

Not only had the information and media coordinator violated "conduct expected of a U.N. official," he wrote, 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."

Despite Badawi's refusal to retract or apologize for her actions, she remains in her position until an "internal inquiry reviews whether any action needs to be taken on the staff member," OCHA spokeswoman Amanda Pitt said.

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