United Nations Report: Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’
Posted on Mar 16, 2017
A new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) concludes that Israel has established an “apartheid regime.” The report is titled “Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid.”
According to The Associated Press:
ESCWA released the report during a press conference Wednesday at its headquarters in Beirut.
The report was co-written by Richard Falk, a Princeton professor and former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, and Virginia Tilley, a political scientist who has done extensive research on ethnic conflict.
Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the U.N., called the report “anti-Israel propaganda” in a statement released Wednesday.
“U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, when asked about the report, said it was published without any prior consultations with the U.N. Secretariat and its views do not reflect those of the secretary-general,” AP continued. “When asked who commissioned the report and who reviewed it, he said: ‘That’s a question to ask of ESCWA. It’s a report commissioned by ESCWA, and I would refer your questions to ESCWA.’ ”
In Wednesday’s press release, ESCWA upheld the conclusion of the report, going so far as to recommend support for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
The press release stated: “[ESCWA] recommends the revival of the United Nations Centre against Apartheid and the Special Committee against Apartheid, the work of both of which came to an end by 1994, when the world believed that it had rid itself of apartheid with its demise in South Africa.”
—Posted by Emma Niles
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