dglobalnews.com UN Official Publishes Israel 'Apartheid' Report, Resigns
Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

UN Official Publishes Israel 'Apartheid' Report, Resigns

UN Official Publishes Israel 'Apartheid' Report, Resigns

The member states received copies of this report.

The Beirut-based commission slammed Israel's Law of Return, "conferring on Jews worldwide the right to enter Israel and obtain Israeli citizenship regardless of their countries of origin and whether or not they can show links to Israel-Palestine, while withholding any comparable right from Palestinians, including those with documented ancestral homes in the country", as a policy of "demographic engineering" meant to uphold Israel's status as the Jewish state.

Khalaf added that she stands by the commission's report.

Israel on Sunday decried a decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to honor a former United Nations chief responsible for a report that accused Israel of building an apartheid state.

Khalaf stepped down from her posts as the United Nations under-secretary general and executive secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) after the report was removed from the ESCWA website.

On Wednesday, following the report's release, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it was published without any prior consultations with the UN Secretariat and its views do not reflect those of the secretary-general.

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"Therefore, we call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to do what is right, reinstate the ESCWA report and undertake serious and concrete measures to hold Israel accountable for its persistent violations of global law and human rights".

A senior United Nations 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".

"This is not about content, this is about process", Dujarric told reporters in NY on Friday.

UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf had remarked that the report was the "first of its type" from a UN body that "clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people". Meanwhile Israel and its USA patron have reacted with rage.

US UN envoy Nikki Haley praised Guterres for killing the report.

"It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims", Reuters quoted her as saying. "Let me be clear, the report was issued... and has impacts".

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