The same Arab dominated UN committee whose report set off a firestorm leading to its withdrawal as libel, and the resignation of its author, UN Under-Secretary-General Rima Khalaf, means to try again in June, this time equating “the Israeli Occupation” to slavery in the United States.
By Itamar Eichner
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is expected to publish a report equating “the Israeli Occupation” to slavery in the United States and put the financial damages suffered by Palestinians as a result of “50 years of occupation” in the billions of dollars.
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Rima Khalaf, 2011 – Wikimedia Commons/Chatham House/Flickr
The Arab-dominated committee recently published a report two weeks ago claiming that Israel established an Apartheid regime that controls the entire Palestinian people.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York, “The report as it stands does not reflect the views of the secretary-general (Antonio Guterres),” adding that the report itself reflects the views of the authors, ESCWA, that’s comprised of 18 Arab states in Western Asia.
A UN agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman likened the report, which was published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), to Der Sturmer – a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic. Continue Reading »