Islamic Regret UN report withdrawal on Israel Apartheid

20 March, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
  • US demands UN pull report accusing Israel of apartheid

"Such a report constitutes a step in the right direction and highlights the true reality on the ground which is one of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and military occupation", she added.

When Guterres instructed her on Thursday morning to withdraw the report, Khalaf said, "I asked him to review his position but he insisted on it". "We will continue to remain grateful to Dr. Khalaf for assuming a principled and courageous stand on behalf of the people of Palestine".

Khalaf, undersecretary general and executive secretary at ESCWA, announced her resignation on Friday, stating that the United Nations secretary general had asked her to withdraw a report in which she accused Israel of being an "apartheid state", Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday the report was published without prior consultation with the United Nations secretariat. "This is about the secretary-general having the authority to manage the organization in a way that is done effectively and can deliver on its goals".

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and support" for the Palestinian people.

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He previously said that the "patriotic revolution" would continue to take place, and "the genie will not go back into the bottle". The far-right Marine Le Pen is set to make the second-round run-off of France's presidential election in May.

Repeated U.S. -led attempts to negotiate a solution by setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel, roughly in the 1967 lines, have failed. "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".

Israel's United Nations ambassador, Danny Danon, said in a statement: "The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie".

The landmark report's endorsement of boycotts, economic sanctions and other grassroots initiatives comes at a moment when Israel is desperately attempting to criminalize and suppress worldwide support for Palestinian rights.

The ESCWA report said it had established on the "basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid".


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