UN Diplomat Behind Report Accusing Israel of Apartheid Quits

(New York Times) Rick Gladstone and Skomini Sengupta - Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian diplomat who is executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, resigned Friday after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres insisted that she withdraw the commission's report describing Israel's treatment of Palestinians as apartheid. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, "When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the UN, it is appropriate that the person resign." She praised Guterres for his "decision to distance his good office from it." A UN spokesman noted that Khalaf's term had been set to expire at the end of the month. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said, "It is time to put an end to the practice in which UN officials use their position to advance their anti-Israel agenda."

2017-03-20 00:00:00

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