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UNICEF victory for Palestinian children

A small victory: the campaign we began here to get Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes ousted from her post as UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador in Israel has been effective. She has stepped down, complaining that UNICEF had insisted they be allowed to vet her social media activity – to prevent her spouting more racist utterances against Palestinians, including Palestinian children.

In her UNICEF position, Nir-Mozes, wife of a senior minister in Netanyahu’s cabinet, had posted comments such as:

How is it possible to make peace with people whose children are fed hatred towards Israel from the moment they are born? How is it possible to make peace with people who have it as part of their DNA to hate us? I am willing to make real peace at any price. The problem is that there is no partner.

Announcing her resignation, she complained that UNICEF had wanted her “to behave in a diplomatic and toothless fashion”. Now, she added, she could ensure the “poor in my own backyard come first”.

It is good to see that UNICEF felt the need to act under the pressure of protests from groups like MECA. But it is also a concern that UNICEF did not outright dismiss Nir-Mozes and that they have not reprimanded the Israeli branch for its appointment of such a politically divisive figure, someone who was already known for making racist statements.

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