The UN official resigned after the UN secretary general asked her to withdraw the report
Senior UN official resigned on Friday after pressure from UN secretary-general to withdraw report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.
UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf announced her resignation on air at a news conference in Beirut.
UN chief Antonio Guterres, who came under heavy American and Israeli pressure, immediately accepted the resignation, a UN spokesman said.
“This is not about content, this is about process,” claimed Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
“The secretary-general cannot accept that an under-secretary-general or any other senior UN official that reports to him would authorize the publication under the UN name, under the UN logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself,” he told reporters.