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U.N. Humanitarian Affairs Official Fired After Voicing Criticism of Palestinian Islamic Jihad


A UN official has been forced to step down as head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Authority after criticizing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's rocket attacks on Israel during Operation Breaking Dawn.

On Aug. 8, Sarah Muscroft tweeted that she was "relieved" to see a cease-fire that would end hostilities "impacting both Palestinians and Israeli civilians" and condemned "indiscriminate rocket fire of [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad" that "provoked Israeli retaliation."

Muscroft's tweet said that civilians' safety was "paramount" and that the cease-fire must be upheld.

The tweet drew fire from pro-Palestinian activists who accused her of blaming the hostilities, which began when the PIJ plotted a major terrorist attack against Israeli civilian targets in response to one of its operatives being arrested, on the Palestinians.

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