United Nations deletes 'apartheid' report on Israel from website, top official resigns

  • United Nations deletes 'apartheid' report on Israel from website, top official resigns

United Nations deletes 'apartheid' report on Israel from website, top official resigns

On Wednesday, the United States demanded that Guterres withdraw an ESCWA report entitled "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid".

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday (March 15) and said it was the first time a United Nations body had clearly made the charge.

Israel fiercely rejects the allegation, often directed at it by its critics, and likened the report to Der Sturmer - a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic.

19 de marzo de 2017, 09:11Riyadh, March 19 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) deeply regretted that the United Nations made a decision to withdraw a report which - objectively - accounted for the reality of Israeli-taken policies of occupation, oppression, settlements and apartheid against Palestine-born people.

"Khalaf stood by her principles and the principles of worldwide law and refused to remain in [her] position without the freedom of action to disclose the facts and the humanitarian situation in which the Palestinian people are living in under Israeli occupation", the statement said.

Khalaf resigned from her position as the executive-secretary of the Lebanon-based commission after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked that the controversial report be remove from the agency's website. In her announcement, Khalaf accused what she called "powerful member states" of using intimidation tactics to force the removal of the report.

"I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the United Nations".

"Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS movement", Danon said.

The Western governments are "providing economic, military, diplomatic and political support to Israel, which effectively enables Israel to continue the project of colonization" of Palestine, said Mick Napier, an activist of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign from Edinburgh, Scotland.

"The secretary-general can not accept that an under-secretary general or any other senior United Nations official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the U.N.name, under the United Nations logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself", he said. "Let me be clear, the report was issued... and has impacts". The member states received copies of this report.