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20 March 2017, 09:48 | Todd Saunders
UN official resigns over nixed anti-Israel report after pressure from Haley
Speaking in the Lebanese capital Beirut, Ms Khalaf, a Jordanian, said she had submitted her resignation to Mr Guterres after he insisted on the report's withdrawal.
Users of social media quoted Khalaf's resignation letter and described her as an "iron lady" and a "true Palestinian heroine".
"Over the years Khalaf has worked to harm Israel and advocate for the BDS movement", Danon said. The commission published a report on Wednesday (15 March) branding Israel an "apartheid state" in what is the first time a United Nations body had levelled racism charges against the country.
"Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of global law".
"Anti-Israel activists do not belong in the UN".
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki also voiced deep regrets that Khalaf was forced to resign and expressed his "unequivocal objection" over the removal of the report.
Since Guterres became the United Nations chief on January 1, Dujarric said he has been "very clear in his advocacy for the rights of the Palestinian people" and "for a two-state solution and against any unilateral moves that would undermine that goal".
The report concluded "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole".
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United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the report was published without consultation with the United Nations secretariat.
He also disputed Khalaf's account of the resignation: "This is not about pressure".
"This is not about pressure".
Khalaf left her post after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ordered that the report be taken off the organization's website.
"This is not about content, this is about process", spokesman Stephane Dujarrac told reporters. "Let me be clear, the report was issued... and has impacts".
Established in 1973 to promote economic and social development among member states, ESCWA is now comprised of 18 Arab nations.
On Wednesday, Haley said in a statement that "the United States is outraged by the report", branding it "anti-Israel propaganda".
The report was compiled by Richard Falk, a Princeton professor emeritus with a long track record of vehemently anti-Israel rhetoric, who previously was the UN's Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Palestine, and by Virginia Tilley, an American political scientist who authored the book "The One-State Solution", in 2005.
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