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US ‘Outraged’ by UN Report That Accuses Israel of Establishing ‘Apartheid Regime’ That ‘Dominates the Palestinian People’

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Photo: UN Photo / Manuel Elias.

The United States expressed outrage on Wednesday over a report published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) that accused Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime” that “dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”

“That such anti-Israel propaganda would come from a body whose membership nearly universally does not recognize Israel is unsurprising,” American UN Envoy Nikki Haley said in a statement. “That it was drafted by Richard Falk, a man who has repeatedly made biased and deeply offensive comments about Israel and espoused ridiculous conspiracy theories, including about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is equally unsurprising.”

“The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether,” Haley went on to say. “The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated, “The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie.”

Emmanuel Nahshon — spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry — compared the ESCWA report to Nazi propaganda.

“Friendly advice — don’t read it without anti-nausea pills,” he tweeted.

Reuters quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying that the publication of the report was not coordinated with the UN Secretariat.

“The report as it stands does not reflect the views of the secretary-general (Antonio Guterres),” Dujarric clarified.

The ESCWA is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon and is comprised of 18 member states from the Middle East and North Africa.

Last month, Haley drew warm praise from the pro-Israel community in both the US and abroad after taking the UN Security Council to task for its double standards when it comes to its treatment of the Jewish state.

“I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel,” Haley told reporters after taking part for the first time in a monthly Security Council meeting on Middle East issues. “I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. We will never repeat the terrible mistake of Resolution 2334 and allow one-sided Security Council resolutions to condemn Israel. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.”

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  • Sid4

    What in Heaven’s name does this mean? It is so abstract as to be meaningless! What is the “true objective of universal solidarity?”

  • Dani

    There is already an initiative to creating a new UN with only democratically governed nations. It just needs a strong push to get started. It can be named WDN (World Democratic Nations). Millions of honest and democratic citizens of the world are claiming for it.

  • c0mm0ncenz

    The ignorance of the left in regard to the Middle East and to basic vocabulary is astounding. Every day I have to write a comment on some article by some ignoramus or about an ignorant claim to let them know that they are mis-using the word “apartheid”. If you research the word you’ll find out that it is a term pretty much created for the state of South Africa, which used to practice apartheid. This means that the minority population of whites controlled the country. The Black majority was discriminated against. This is happening in Jordan where a minority king rules the majority of Palestinians. But it is not happening in Israel where the majority is Jewish. Even so, Israel gives equal rights to the minority Arab Muslims. They serve in the Knesset, have the same civil rights as Jewish Israelis, although they have extra rights as they don’t get drafted into the IDF. So it’s totally ludicrous to apply the term “apartheid” to Israel.

    • Pebbleson

      Note as well that within the Palestinian Authority territories themselves, there are still some 40% of the entire population cooped up in “Palestinian refugee” camps, forbidden to move out of them into the general society, own their own homes where they like, get jobs, and have reasonable lives. Although those that fled Israel in 1948 were not “refugees” but since they just moved elsewhere within their alleged Palestine they were merely “displaced persons,” neither can their descendants even be called “displaced persons, since they are often third- and fourth-generation residents in their own so-called “Palestine.” Despite this, they are cheated of citizenship rights and treated like aliens by their own leaders. They are kept poor, miserable and hate-filled (against Israel) in order to serve as permanent propaganda fodder for non-existent “Israeli persecution,” and equally in order to draw international funds by the billions of dollars over the decades, much of which ends up in Fatah pockets, funding palacial mansions in Switzerland, England, Dubai, etc. This is the real “apartheid” system depriving Palestinians of human rights, run by both the Hamas and Fatah regimes.


    When will president Trump start with holding all US funding of the Unwarranted Nazis AKA the UN?

  • Joseph Feld

    The USA pays millions in taxpayers’ money to support the gross corruption of the UN’s various departments. It’s time to pull out of departments that are not fit for purpose.