The Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon accused the authors of the report of bias, while specifically singling out the ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf for pursuing her own anti-Israeli agenda. The American ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, was also quick to call on the United Nations to withdraw the report.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres immediately distanced himself from ESCWA document, and over the past two days exerted pressure on Khalaf and ESCWA to take down the report. Once Guterres explicitly insisted that the document be removed from the agency’s website, Khalaf announced her resignation.
“I submitted to him my resignation from the United Nations,” Khalaf said at a press conference in Beirut, as cited by Reuters.
Khalaf, however, still stands by the report, calling it the “first of its kind” from a UN agency that sheds light on “the crimes that Israel continues to commit against the Palestinian people, which amount to war crimes against humanity,” the Times of Israel quoted
The office of the secretary general office explained after Khalaf’s resignation that the head of ESCWA failed to check with UN headquarters before making the report public.
“This is not about content, this is about process,” said Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric, sidestepping the issue.
“The secretary-general cannot accept that an under-secretary-general or any other senior UN official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the UN name, under the UN logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself,” he told reporters, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Israel praised Guterres’ persistence and the coerced resignation of Khalaf, with ambassador Danon, saying “the time has come to put an end to those using their status within the UN to promote anti-Israel activity.”
But Anti Russia, Anti China, Anti Syria, etc. are ok?
“The Secretary General’s decision is an important step in ending the bias against Israel at the UN,” Ambassador Danon said following Khalaf’s resignation. “Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the UN.”
To be sure, Israel is doing far worse things than Apartheid South Africa ever did.
Between 1962 and 1972 the UN paid out $298 Million dollars to undeveloped countries in the whole world.
In the same period South Africa spent twice that, $558 Million dollars, on the development of the traditional tribal homelands for Self Rule and independence.
The “two state solution” was an 11 State solution in South Africa’s case.
The Communist ANC and World Supremacist Globalist Elites deliberately destroyed any chances these 11 Tribes had of Sovereign Independence…
SA is now stuck with 11 Official languages in one country! No wonder it is the crime, murder and rape capital of the world.
Now that the fake news lying mass media has been exposed, maybe it is time to revisit all these fabricated ideas they have turned into manufactured truth?