Palestinians honor United Nations official who quit over apartheid report

Palestinians honor United Nations official who quit over apartheid report

Palestinians honor United Nations official who quit over apartheid report

Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast over the weekend that the incident served as a reminder of the "truth of this organization, that it's weak ... and it succumbs to the will of the United States and Israel".

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

"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.

"Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the United Nations should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible", PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said on Saturday according to Wafa.

On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ordered the removal from the UN website of a UN report that accused Israel of being an apartheid state from the UN website.

UN Under- Secretary General Rima Khalaf resigned her position Friday in response to the furor caused by the publication of a report that accused Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.

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".

The ESCWA report was prepared by Richard Falk, an global law expert and former United Nations human rights rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories and, Virginia Tilley, a political science professor and Israeli affairs expert.

Israel fiercely rejects the allegation and likened the report to Der Sturmer - a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic.

UN Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric stressed to the media that the issue was not the content of the report, but rather the process used in publicizing it.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, reacted to Khalaf's resignation and said it was appropriate, Reuters reported.

"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.

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