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article imageU.N. tweets for ‘1-state solution’ in Middle East

By Brian LaSorsa     Nov 30, 2012 in Internet
As if we haven’t seen enough fumbles on Twitter, the United Nations tweeted Thursday that its peace leader supports a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And no — he doesn’t really believe this.
The U.N. General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of promoting Palestine’s status to a ‘non-member observer state.’ Of the 147 votes, nine countries, including the U.S., were in opposition while 41 others abstained from participation.
Officials released a tweet before the vote in order to hype up the crowd for the big event. Unfortunately, there was a typo with major political implications, to say the least.
“On Day of Solidarity w/ Palestinians,” the U.N. wrote, “Ban Ki-moon stresses urgency of reaching 1-state solution.”
Oops! The organization’s seemingly absolute support for an unspecified government, which made speculation all that worse, didn’t sit well with observers. Someone corrected the error in due time, but only 169 people re-tweeted it — a miniscule percentage of its more than 1.1 million followers — and certainly not before Twitter users captured a few screenshots.
Nancy Groves, who describes herself as a U.N. Information Officer on her LinkedIn page, came forward as the individual responsible for not double-checking the tweet.
“Sorry all — terrible typo on my part,” she wrote. “[Went] into a telephone conference call before catching it.”
Suffice it to say Benjamin Netanyahu did not re-tweet her apology.
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