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Jerusalem, Israel – The United Nations last week disciplined an employee working with Palestinians in the disputed territory after she tweeted her condemnation of Iran’s regime. Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and its “indiscriminate” missile fire into Israel.
The UN sacked Jerusalem-based Sarah Muscroft as head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory after she tweeted: “Relieved to see ceasefire end affecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Such indiscriminate rocket fire by Islamic Jihad provokes Israeli retaliation.” The safety of all civilians is paramount – the ceasefire must be maintained.”
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the world body, sent a letter on Sunday UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres A request to reinstate Muscroft.
“This rule effectively grants Palestinian actors and local UN staff an ‘unwritten veto’ over UN statements and is in clear contradiction to the fundamental principles of objectivity and neutrality that the UN claims to hold,” Erdan wrote.
Palestinian activists launched a campaign to oust Muscroft, who responded by apologizing and deleting her Twitter account. “One of my previous tweets was misinformed and I have deleted it,” Muscroft wrote, adding, “I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All citizens – everywhere – should be able to live in peace.”
UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer told Fox News Digital.
Apologize to Muscroft for firing 1,100 rockets at Israel by the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad – fail to calm angry mobs, and then fire her.”
Fox News Digital asked Muscroft’s employer the reasons for her reassignment and whether she will be rehired. Jens Larke, spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), said only that she would be “assigned to a new role.”
Laerke added, “OCHA has been present in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the past 20 years, working to help meet humanitarian needs, guided by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and humanity. More than 2 million people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories need assistance – that is our sole focus and remains a priority.”
Neuer noted that Muscroft’s case is not without precedent United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Staff “Also, last year UNRWA’s Matthias Schmale said the IDF strikes on Hamas were precise. Hamas protested, so UNRWA fired them. UNRWA Deputy Chief Lenny Stenseth met with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, ‘affirming her solidarity’ and Schmale’s Said the word ‘inevitable’.”
Neuer said, “The message from the UN is clear: Any official who dares to publicly reject the false narrative of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be fired.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad is based here Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Located on the southern border of Israel. The United States has classified PIJ and Hamas as foreign terrorist organizations.
Erdan’s letter referred to the United Nations’ alleged bias towards the Jewish state. “We have just witnessed a clear case in which a UN official, in clear violation of the principles of impartiality and neutrality required of a member of the HRC Commission of Inquiry, used blatantly anti-Semitic slurs and still retained his position.”
Israel’s ambassador added “HRC [Human Rights Council] The interview with Commissioner Miloon Kothari, where he clearly stated that the Jewish lobby controls the social media, should have elicited a concrete response that would have led to his resignation,” he said.
Erdan concluded that “while Israel supports the constructive engagement of UN officials and agencies, we cannot accept such blatant double standards.”
Fox News Digital emailed a spokesperson for the UN secretary general for comment on whether Muscroft should be reinstated.