Following the UN reported that was released two days ago by the Economic and Social Council of Western Asia and accuses Israel of “establishing an apartheid regime,” council head and UN under-secretary general Rima Khalaf resigned due to pressures to withdraw the report.
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Two days after accusing Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime,” Rima Khalaf, the UN Under-Secretary General and head of the UN Economic and Social Council for Western Asia (ESCWA), resigned today (Friday) from her position.
Khalaf claims she was pressured by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw and dismiss the report released on Wednesday, which was the first in the UN’s history accusing Israel of apartheid. According to the report, Israel racially discriminates against the Palestinian people.
“The Secretary-General’s decision is an important step in ending the bias against Israel at the UN,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said following Khalaf’s resignation. “Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the UN.”
“It is time to put an end to the practice in which UN officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda,” he continued. “Over the years, Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS movement. Her removal from the UN is long overdue.”
Guterres distanced himself from the ESCWA, which is composed of 18 Arab countries in West Asia and based out of Beirut. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vehemently condemned the report and welcomed the Secretary-General’s decisions: “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.”