Islamic Regret UN report withdrawal on Israel Apartheid

The member states received copies of this report.

The United States and Israel sharply criticized the report.

Khalaf added that she stands by the commission's report.

The Western governments are "providing economic, military, diplomatic and political support to Israel, which effectively enables Israel to continue the project of colonization" of Palestine, said Mick Napier, an activist of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign from Edinburgh, Scotland.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the UN regional commission that represents most Arab countries to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of practising an "apartheid regime" against Palestinians, a UN official said.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres accepted Khalaf's resignation on Friday, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY, while denying that the secretary general had acted under USA pressure, according to AFP.

"I do not find it surprising that such member states, who now have governments with little regard for worldwide 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.

The report had accused that the "strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people" was the main way Israel imposes apartheid, with Palestinian people oppressed through "distinct laws, policies and practices".

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas awarded his office's highest honor to Khalaf.

The "incapable of taking a stand" and the debacle over the report proved it can not be counted on "to defend human rights in our region", he said.

Meanwhile, Israel's United Nations envoy Danny Danon and Washington's ambassador to the world body, Nikki Haley, welcomed Khalaf's resignation.

Israeli envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, too said it was "long overdue".

"I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the United Nations".

The ESCWA report said it had established on the "basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid".

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