The head of a UN office responsible for Palestinian aid has been fired after posting a tweet condemning terrorist rocket attacks in Gaza following the conflict between Israel and the Islamic Jihad terror group.
Sarah Muscroft (pictured), who served as head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ for more than three years, sparked outrage among Palestinians and UN officials after a tweet welcoming the ceasefire.
‘Relieved to see an agreed ceasefire ending hostilities affecting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians,’ she wrote following a 66-hour conflict that saw 1,100 rockets fired to Israeli population centers.
“Such indiscriminate rocket fire by Islamic Jihad provoking Israeli retaliation is condemned. The safety of all civilians is paramount – the ceasefire must be respected.
The terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza, issued and later repealed sweeping restrictions on foreign journalists working there and covering the recent conflict with Israel. https://t.co/zsiNnWm9s1
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Following a backlash, Muscroft deleted his initial tweet and apologized, writing, “One of my previous tweets was misinformed and I deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians – everywhere – must be able to live in peace.
Apparently, that wasn’t enough to satisfy the rocket-loving pro-Palestinian public, as well as the UN itself, and Muscroft was forced to delete her account altogether.
This was clearly not enough, and soon after, a UN official announced that she would be removed from her post completely and reassigned.
“Instead of supporting Muscroft, the UN effectively threw her under the bus, capitulating to terrorists and anti-Israel activists, forcing her to apologize, and then reassigning her to a new role,” Arsen Ostrovsky, human rights lawyer and CEO of The International Legal Forum who first exposed the story, told Breitbart.
“The UN, which is supposed to be impartial, never challenges or berates its people when they criticize and attack Israel, but only when a leader has the basic courage and decency to speak the truth and to challenge the lies of Islamic Jihad. and Hamas,” he said, of the ruling terror group in Gaza.
The UN Security Council convened an emergency session on the escalation in Gaza on Monday, although it had already ended in a ceasefire the night before. During this session, a veritable festivity of hatred against Israel unfolded, with several emissaries accusing Israel of civilian casualties in Gaza.
More Palestinians have died in the recent Israel-Gaza conflict from botched rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists than from Israeli Air Force strikes. https://t.co/NeQjtKIT84
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Although his office is widely critical of Israel, Muscroft has used the platform to tell the truth about the “indiscriminate” rocket fire.
His colleague in the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Tor Wennesland, condemned the rocket attacks but appeared to blame Israel for the deaths of Palestinian children.
“I reiterate that under international law, any use of force must be proportionate and take all possible measures to avoid civilian casualties. Children, in particular, should never be targets of violence or put in danger,” he said.
About 200 of the rockets were missed by the terrorists and landed inside the Gaza Strip, killing young children.
The UN has a history of removing officials from their posts on the rare occasions when they call out Palestinian terrorists.
The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Matthias Schmale, was forced to leave Gaza after telling Israel’s Channel 12 last year that the IDF had used “extreme sophistication “to target only terrorists and avoid civilian casualties. The “pro-Israel” remark sparked widespread protests in Gaza, and Schmale received death threats.
He apologized for telling the truth, but that wasn’t enough. Schmale was forced to leave Gaza for Jerusalem and six months later left his post as leader of the Palestinian refugees.