Korolova, a 60-year-old foreign worker from Ukraine, was killed in a shooting attack near a synagogue in Jerusalem back in January, won’t be recognized by the UN due to her not being an official Israeli national.
Seven victims were killed in the harrowing terror attack, though in the UN’s records, the names of only six of them are included. In addition, according to the U’s definition, the attack occurred "in occupied Palestinian territory," therefore the victims are considered to be Jewish settlers.
Staff Sgt. Sawaed, an Israeli Border Police cop killed by friendly fire after being stabbed in a terrorist attack at a military checkpoint in East Jerusalem, also won’t be recognized by the UN, the reason being that he was killed in a friendly fire incident, and not by his stab wounds.
The decision was made by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which monitors international crises around the world and publishes a biweekly report with the names of people killed and injured in terrorist attacks, both Israelis and Palestinians.
While innocent Israelis aren’t recognized in the report, the names of terrorists who confronted IDF troops can be seen there. Following the UN's refusal to alter the list, Israel informed OCHA personnel that their visas in the country would not be renewed.
Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, and the "Btsalmo" organization wrote scalding letters to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, writing that "It’s unacceptable for UN officials to ignore this fact and not take into account the full count of Israeli terror victims."
"Rachel Ovadia’s only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's enough that the shameful inquiry committee ignores Palestinian terror, and her colleagues openly express antisemitic comments without condemnation from UN officials.”
“OCHA's unwillingness to quickly condemn and properly label these Palestinian acts as terrorism only encourages the terrorists to continue their actions. This behavior must stop immediately," the letter added.
“Btsalmo” head Shai Glick added, "The UN's antisemitism is soaring to new heights. To claim that an Israeli soldier wasn’t killed in a terrorist attack because a security guard hit him is a severe blow to his grieving family and to all Israeli citizens.
“To dismiss the murder of an Israeli woman because she’s a foreign resident is a serious violation of human rights. To say that a terror victim is a Jewish settler is an antisemitic statement. The UN has lost its moral compass."