Trump administration demands UN withdrawal of Israel report


On Wednesday, a United Nations report co-authored by scholar Richard Falk accused Israel of being “guilty of the crime of apartheid,” eliciting a furious response from the Trump administration.

The White House demanded that the U.N. “withdraw” the study regarding the U.S. ally.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed the report as “anti-Israel propaganda” in a statement late Wednesday.

“The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the U.N. system and around the world,” Haley said.


March 21, 2014: Then-United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian territories Richard Falk addresses a news conference at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva.  (Reuters)

The report, commissioned by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, claimed that Israel’s policies today meet the current definition of “an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination” by one racial group over another.

“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 international law,” the report said.

According to Fox News, “the commission’s role is to promote economic development in the Arab region, but the U.N. employed a highly controversial figure to co-author the report.”

The Israeli ambassador to the U.N. also blasted the report’s conclusion as “biased and deceitful.”

“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,” Ambassador Danny Danon said. “It comes as no surprise that an organization headed by an individual who has called for boycotts against Israel, and compared our democracy to the most terrible regimes of the twentieth century, would publish such a report.”

The report inflamed an already contentious relationship between the U.N. and the Trump administration.

Haley criticized Falk while urging the secretary-general to go further.

“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,” Haley said. “The United Nations Secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.”

Falk, who is known for his harsh opinions of both America and Israel, said after the 2013 Boston Bombings, “The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.”

Falk has also repeatedly questioned what he calls “the official version of 9/11.” In 2013, he told a radio show host about “gaps” in the 9/11 narrative.

“Questioning that deeply the official version of 9/11 does touch the third rail of American political sensitivities, and there is an attempt to discredit and destroy anyone that makes such a bold statement,” Falk continued.

On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres distanced Guterres from the report, saying that the report does not reflect his views, Fox News reported.

“It was published by the Economic Commission for Western Asia, a regional U.N. economic commission, without prior consultation with U.N. headquarters,” the spokeswoman said.

The report called on member states to take action against Israel.

“This report accordingly recommends that the international community act immediately, without waiting for a more formal pronouncement regarding the culpability of the State of Israel, its Government and its officials for the commission of the crime of apartheid,” it said.

During her confirmation hearing in January, Haley pointed specifically to the U.N.’s perceived anti-Israel bias as something on which the Trump administration would focus.

Haley told senators, “Nowhere has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel.”

H/T: Fox News

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