Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced, in a statement released Saturday, the decision by the United Nations to remove the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report from its website, which concluded that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”
She said, “Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible.”
She explained, according to WAFA, that the report constitutes a “step in the right direction and highlightsÂ the true reality on the ground, which is one of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and military occupation.”
Ashrawi called on UN Secretary-General AntĂłnio Guterres to do what is right, reinstate the ESCWA report and “undertake serious and concrete measures to hold Israel accountable for its persistent violations of international law and humanÂ rights.”
“We also extend our deep appreciation to Dr. Rima Khalaf whoseÂ resignation from her post as UN ESCWA Executive Secretary should have never been accepted by UN Secretary-General Guterres. Â We will continueÂ to remain grateful to Dr. Khalaf for assuming a principled andÂ courageous stand on behalf of the people of Palestine.”
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See 03/18/17:Â The UN Report Israel Does Not Want You To ReadÂ for more info.