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Top UN Official Resigns Over Pressure to Withdraw Report That Accused Israel of Imposing ‘Apartheid

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Almost Heaven, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    A senior U.N. official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians, saying "powerful member states" pressured the world body and its chief with "vicious attacks and threats."

    United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.

    ESCWA, which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly charged that Israel "has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole."

    Israel fiercely rejects the allegation and likened the report to Der Sturmer - a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic. The United States, an ally of Israel, had said it was outraged and demanded the report be withdrawn.

    "I do not find it surprising that such member states, who now have governments with little regard for international norms and values of human rights, will resort to intimidation when they find it hard to defend their unlawful policies and practices," Khalaf, of Jordan, wrote to Guterres.

    "It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims," Khalaf wrote in the resignation letter, seen by Reuters, adding that she stands by the ESCWA report.

    Israel and the United States did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Khalaf's letter.

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said earlier on Friday that Khalaf's resignation was appropriate and Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said it was "long overdue.

    "Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the UN," Danon said in a statement."

    "U.N. agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work, and I applaud the Secretary-General's decision to distance his good office from it," Haley said in a statement.

    The report was published without consultation with the U.N. secretariat, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had said.
    Read More....http://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-israel-report-resignation-idUSKBN16O24X?il=0
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  2. DCR

    DCR Active Member

    Any coincidence that this occurred when the US decided to cut its financing of the UN and Trumps positive view of Israel?
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  3. Hol

    Hol Worships Him

    Nikki Haley is such a welcomed breath of fresh air! Again.

    Thank you for posting this AH :hug
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  4. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    That report should never have been written, nor ever seen the light of day. Nothing but evil!! :sad
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  5. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    Abbas honors official who authored 'apartheid' report
    PA awards the PA’s highest honor to former UN official Rima Khalaf.

    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday awarded the PA’s highest honor to former UN official Rima Khalaf, who authored a UN report that accused Israel of establishing an "apartheid regime."

    According to The Associated Press, Abbas informed Khalaf by phone that she would receive the PA “Medal of the Highest Honor” in recognition of what PA media described as her "courage and support" for the Palestinian people.

    A statement said Abbas "stressed to Dr. Khalaf that our people appreciate her humanitarian and national position."

    Khalaf, a UN undersecretary-general and the executive secretary of the agency’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), resigned on Friday amid pressure from UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres to remove the apartheid report.

    The report was co-authored by former UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk, who during his tenure repeatedly attacked Israel.

    Read More....http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/226959
  6. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    And the west says....... nothing.

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