The head of the UN regional commissions on economic and social issues (ESCWA) Rima Khalaf, resigned after he accused Israel of creating a regime of apartheid against the Palestinians. About it reports Reuters.
According to her, this happened because of pressure from the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres, who demanded from Khalaf to retract a report accusing European States. The Secretary General also asked the Commission to remove the document from its website, and press Secretary Guterres Stefan Dujarric said that the report was published without prior consultation with the Secretariat of the United Nations. “You would expect that Israel and its allies will exert enormous pressure on the Secretary-General to annul the report,” explained Khalaf. She noted that it did not intend to abandon expressed in the text of statements that shed light on the “crimes Israel continues to commit against the Palestinian people.”
The controversial report was released on Wednesday, March 15. He ended with the phrase: “Israel has established a regime of apartheid where forced to live on the entire Palestinian people.” The Israeli foreign Ministry issued a sharp statement comparing the document text with the “anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda”. Washington was supported by tel Aviv in this matter.
The state of Palestine was proclaimed on 15 November 1988 in Algiers. At the moment it is recognized by the 136 member States of the UN and the Vatican. Israel, the US and several EU countries do not recognize the State of Palestine, considering that the question of its establishment should be resolved through direct negotiations between the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian national authority.
The last time direct talks between the leaders of Israel and Palestine was held in 2010. Three weeks later, the meetings were suspended due to the Israeli government’s refusal to extend the moratorium on the ban of construction in the settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan river.