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Israel Calls for U.N. Employee's Dismissal For Tweeting Misleading Photo of Dead Palestinian Child


“actively engaged in the demonization of Israel."

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has called for a U.N. agency employee's firing after she tweeted a misleading and incendiary photo of a dead Palestinian girl covered in blood.

As The Blaze previously reported, Khulood Badawi, the information and media coordinator for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem, tweeted the photo on March 10 with the comment: "Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel.. Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza."

Khulood Badawi Twitter photo

The photo was later identified to be from 2006, and that the girl had died either from a car accident or had fallen off a swing, according to various media reports. Still, that did little to stop Badawi's tweet from circulating across the social networking site.

"She was not killed by Israeli forces," Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., wrote in a letter to U.N. Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos, according to Fox News.

Khulood Badawi

Prosor said Badawi's actions "violate conduct expected of a UN official” and said she “actively engaged in the demonization of Israel, a member state of the United Nations. Such actions contribute to incitement, conflict and, ultimately, violence.”

"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 wrote.

In response to Prosor's letter, Amos said it was "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," she wrote.

 Badawi -- whose Twitter account name is "Long live Palestine" -- deleted the original tweet after the initial controversy last week, but did not officially retract or apologize for it until Sunday morning.

"Correction: I tweeted the photo believing it was from the last round of violence & it turned out to be from 2006 This is my personal account," Badawi wrote.

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