U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley applauded the resignation of Rima Khalaf, the undersecretary general and executive secretary of ECSWA. Khalaf resigned after U.N. Secretary General Antonió Guterres rejected her report that accused Israel of being an apartheid state.
Haley praised Guterres’ rejection of the report and called Khalaf’s resignation “appropriate.”
“When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the U.S., it is appropriate that the person resign,” Haley said. “U.N. agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work, and I applaud the secretary general’s decision to distance his good office from it.”
A spokesman for Guterres said the report “does not reflect the views of the secretary general.”
Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon called Khalaf’s resignation long overdue.
“Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement. Her removal from the U.N. is long overdue,” Danon said.
The report, published last week by the U.N.’s Beirut-headquartered Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ECSWA), made up of 18 Arab states, accused Israel of being a racist and apartheid state.
Former U.N. official Richard Falk, known for his extreme anti-Israel position on a host of issues, was the report’s principal author.
PA Praises Khalaf
While Danon and Haley expressed relief for Khalaf’s resignation, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said she’s the recipient of the P.A.s prestigious Medal of Highest Honor. On behalf of the Palestinian people, he thanked Khalaf for her “humanitarian and national position.”
Despite the U.N. censorship, Khalaf stands by the report, saying it exposes Israel’s “war crimes against humanity.”
Senior P.A. officials Hanan Ashwari and Riyad al-Maliki praised the report and denounced its censorship. Al-Maliki, the P.A.’s minister of foreign affairs, called its findings an “objective analysis of the facts on the ground, arriving at an accurate conclusion based on the legal definition of the crime of apartheid.”
The P.A.’s official Ma’an News Agency reported, “[The PLO] will continue to remain grateful to Dr. Khalaf for assuming a principled and courageous stand on behalf of the people of Palestine.”
This article originally appeared on CBN News, March 20, 2017, and reposted with permission.