Sunday, 18 March 2012

Israel's cynical campaign against UN worker's Twitter post of picture of dead Gaza child

Israel is waging a war of words against a UN human rights worker
Khulood Badawi who mistakenly linked to a picture which mistakenly was thought to show a victim of the recent Israeli bombardment. The picture, dated from 2006, was previously erroneously captioned by Reuters. When Badawi realised her mistake she removed the picture but now Israeli propagandist are trying to get her sacked for drawing attention to the very real death of innocent children that DID recently take place in Gaza. See the the defence of Badawi below posted at the Alternative Information Center:
Um Shmum (free translation: ‘UN my ass’) is what former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir used to say, stressing the hostility of the Israeli establishment to the organisation that rendered the very existence of Israel possible. For the Israeli propaganda apparatus, all means are legitimate to delegitimize the UN. All means are also legitimate to manipulate international public opinion away from Israel’s ongoing violations of International law, like the most recent massacre in Gaza.

Let's take the latest "Khulood Badawi" affair. This is a non-event cynically exploited by Israel in order to divert public opinion from the real crimes committed by the Israeli army in Gaza. Last week Khulood Badawi, a UN employee, illustrated her private twitter post with a picture of a dead Gazan child. By mistake the picture was attributed to Israel’s most recent massacre, though in fact it was a picture from a 2006 car accident which Reuters also erroneously published. Needless to say that after having been informed of her error, Khulood immediately removed the picture from her private twitter post.

The mistaken picture now serves as the trigger and pretext for an overall offensive against Khulood Badawi, as well as against the UN. Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, is demanding that Badawi be fired from OCHA. The Israeli military spokesperson has made the same demand. Can one imagine more cynical behavior from two men at the forefront of the Israeli propaganda machine which justified Israel’s massacre in Gaza three years ago?

Let's put things right: innocent people, including children, have lost their lives in Israel’s most recent bombardments of the Gaza Strip. Khulood Badawi did not invent this unacceptable reality, and her indignation is a testimony to her humanity. Khulood Badawi deserves our support and respect for what she has been consistently doing, as an outstanding activist, in support of human rights and human dignity. more

Israeli troops shoot and wound 6-year-old boy near Rafah

Israeli troops wounded a six-year-old Palestinian boy on Sunday when they opened fire east of the town of Rafah, in southern Gaza, Palestinian medical sources said.

"A six-year-old Palestinian child was wounded by Israeli army gunfire near the Kerem Shalom crossing, east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, which is where the family lives," emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told AFP.

"He is in moderate condition and was shot with live fire in his thigh," he added.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the incident and said it was checking on the report.

The shooting occurred near the Israeli border, where the military maintains an exclusion zone that extends several hundred metres inside the Gaza Strip, which it says is necessary to prevent infiltrations into the Jewish state. more