U.N Representative caught in a lie, and refuses to apologize

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Last week during the operation in Gaza there was another arena where the Palestinian attacked: The web.

Of course reporting is good, as long as it’s true.

The main event was the false tweet by Khulood Badawi (@KhuloodBadawi) who uploaded this photo:


Later Avi Mayer (@avimayer), found that the photo dated back to 2009 at least.

At first, there was no comment by Badawi and retweeter, Diana Alzeer at first was not convinced:


But… then came Reuters and claim to publish the photo on August 9, 2006.


A Palestinian man carries the body of three year-old Raja Abu Shaban, in Gaza August 9, 2006. The three-year-old girl who had been reported killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Wednesday actually died of an accident, Palestinian medical workers said on Thursday. Workers at Gaza’s Shifa hospital said on August 10, 2006 that the initial mistake over the cause of death appeared to have arisen because the girl’s corpse was brought in at the same time as the bodies of the gunmen. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) {You can see also here}

Alzeer later published an apology and withdrew her claims.

Badawi still refused to respond.

The U.N.’s chief spokesman, Martin Nesirky, confirmed that the tweet was not true, adding that: “it is regrettable that an OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] staff member had posted information on her personal Twitter profile which was both false and which reflected on issues that are related to her work. The opinions expressed in her Twitter profile in no way reflect the views of OCHA, nor were they sanctions by OCHA.”

Finally, Badawi issued a correction of sorts, falling short of an apology: “It’s my personal account views and opinions are MINE….” and publish this tweet,

It’s a shame that Badawi could not find it in herself to admit to the mistake earlier and to apologize.

It’s a bigger shame that the UN allows its representatives to act in such a manner.

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