• UN Agency Head Resigns After Refusing to Retract Report on Israel

    Rima Khalaf, head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigns

    March 21, 2017

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    Rima Khalaf, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) resigned after she was asked to withdraw a report her agency published earlier this week that stated Israel is an “apartheid regime.”

    “The secretary-general demanded yesterday that I withdraw the report, and I refused,”Khalaf told reporters at a press conference in Beirut today, according to the Middle East Eye.

    “It was expected that Israel and its allies would put enormous pressure on the United Nations secretary general to renounce the report,” she also said, according to Reuters. Then Khalaf stated that the United Nations “had scrubbed the report from its website.”


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