United Nations official quits amid pressure

  • United Nations official quits amid pressure

United Nations official quits amid pressure

Khalaf told a news conference in Beirut: "The secretary general asked me yesterday morning to withdraw [the report]".

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. "Trying to scrap the report will not scrap the reality it describes", he added.

"Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the United Nations".

"I do not find it surprising that such member states, who now have governments with little regard for global norms and values of human rights, will resort to intimidation when they find it hard to defend their unlawful policies and practices", Khalaf, a Jordanian national, wrote to Guterres.

Khalaf told a press conference in Beirut on last Friday that she had resigned as a result of lobbying by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to withdraw a report from the ESCWA website upsetting U.S. and its ally, Israel. Asked whether Guterres succumbed to pressure from the Trump administration, Dujarric said: "This is not about pressure".

Haley in a statement said: "When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the United Nations, it is appropriate that the person resign".

"Every government in the world. considers the [Israeli] settlements to be illegal and a crime against humanity, but this doesn't translate into any action other than arming Israelis or giving them very very lucrative. trade deals", the analyst said on Sunday.

Since Guterres became the United Nations chief on January 1, Dujarric said he has been "very clear in his advocacy for the rights of the Palestinian people" and "for a two-state solution and against any unilateral moves that would undermine that goal".

"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.

"Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS movement", Danon said.

A new United Nations report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.