Senior UN official Khalaf quits over withdrawal of Israeli apartheid menu

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New York

UN Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf resigned from her post on Friday after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres forced her to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid” regime.
A Wednesday report commissioned by the UN’s Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) asserted that Israel had “established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.
The report went on to point to “overwhelming evidence” that Israel had committed the “crime of apartheid”. On the same day as the report’s release, Khalaf — who also serves as ESCWA’s executive secretary — said the “ignorance of the international community” in recent decades had “encouraged Israel to continue its abuses of international law”.—Agencies