The head of the Economic and social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Rima Khalaf, who also holds the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, resigned because of pressure from the leaders of the organization, reports Reuters.
According to her, the UN Secretary General, antónio Guterres, has used the leverage that it has withdrawn the report, which is opposed by the US and Israel. We are talking about published March 15 document, in which ESCWA accuses the authorities of using “apartheid” in relation to Palestine.
Khalaf announced his resignation during a press conference in Beirut. The UN representative said that the Secretary-General accepted her resignation after he had asked his Deputy to remove this report from the website of the organization.
“Israel and its allies have a huge impact, to the UN Secretary General refused the document”, — said at a press conference Khalaf.
The U.S. permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley called for a report, which would be devoid of “false and biased” information. The permanent representative of Israel to the UN Danny Danon welcomed the resignation, calling it “long-awaited”.
Israel criticized the report when it was published ESCWA. He was prepared at the request of countries belonging to the Commission.
According to Khalaf, who led then by Reuters, led by her Committee “is clearly and openly believes that Israel is a racist state created a system of apartheid that has plagued the Palestinian people.” The document stated that “the decision of the international Tribunal in this matter could make such a rating truly authoritative”.