U.S. Demands UN Withdraw Report Branding Israel “Apartheid” State

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By BB Portnoy

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.”

(c) 2017 The Algemeiner Journal

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  1. If Palestinians, want to understand what apartheid really is—in a few minutes—watch rap artist “Ari Lesser Apartheid” on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsOH2Y_CZE0

    Ex-president Jimmy Carter’s cherubic appearance of this kindly, soft-spoken gentlemen, belies his currently expressed, bastardly, anti-Semitism, in TV and print interviews in the media and in his book.

    Some people have read and actually believe “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” the anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, screed that compares the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories to the former government-mandated racial separation in South Africa.

    His fairness in condemning Israel is suspect because ex-president Jimmy’s Carter Center has accepted multi-millions in Arab funding.

    Kenneth W. Stein is the founder of the Carter Center’s Middle East program. Stein is also the foremost expert on the land laws of “Palestine.” His most important work “The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939” is the foremost textbook on all the pre-state land issues between WWI and WWII.

    Stein resigned—after 23 years—to protest the book, describing it in a letter to Fox News as “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.”

    Carter was sued in court for claiming it is non-fiction.

    Backers include the government of Saudi Arabia, Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. Other big donors include the Sultanate of Oman and the sultan himself; the government of the United Arab Emirates; and a brother of Osama bin Laden, Bakr BinLadin, “for the Saudi BinLadin Group.”

    “Founders” of the Carter Center include “the king of Saudi Arabia, BCCI scandal banker Agha Hasan Abedi, and Arafat pal Hasib Sabbagh.”

    Earlier in 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry too used the term “apartheid state” when referring to Israel.

    BTW Carter once joined the Klu Klux Klan but was turned off by the violence but after losing the 1966 governor’s race, Carter courted the white supremacist vote the next time around…

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