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Israel urges UN chief to cancel ouster of top official who condemned PIJ rocket fire

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15.08.2022

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday to reverse a decision by one of the organization’s offices to remove its director after she tweeted a condemnation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket fire at Israel.

Claiming that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory had capitulated to Palestinian activists along with local staff in deciding to oust Sarah Muscroft from her position, Erdan wrote in a letter to Guterres, “this norm effectively grants [them] an ‘unwritten veto’ over UN statements and stands in clear contradiction with the basic principles of objectivity and neutrality that the UN claims to hold.”

A UN spokesman revealed to The Times of Israel on Saturday that Muscroft would be assigned to a new role five days after her tweet sparked uproar among pro-Palestinian activists.

“Relieved to see a ceasefire agreed ending hostilities impacting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians. Such indiscriminate rocket fire of Islamic Jihad provoking Israeli retaliation is condemned. The safety of all civilians is paramount — the ceasefire must be upheld,” Muscroft wrote.

She later deleted the post and tweeted an apology the next day, saying that “one of my previous tweets was ill-informed and I have deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians........

© The Times of Israel


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