A United Nations diplomat from Jordan, Rima Khalaf, stepped down Friday after refusing to withdraw a report accusing Israel of practicing apartheid against Palestinians. Khalaf is known for promoting an anti-Israeli agenda and has often compared the Jewish state to Nazis.
The Hill Jordanian diplomat Rima Khalaf, who headed the U.N.’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, said U.N. Secretary General António Guterres urged her to retract her commission’s report after it sparked outrage in Israel and the U.S., according to The New York Times.
Khalaf stood by the report despite the pressure. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley applauded Khalaf’s resignation, calling her commission’s report “false and defamatory.” She also lauded Guterres for standing against the report and calling for its withdrawal.
“When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the U.N., it is appropriate that the person resign,” Haley said.
The report was authored by a commission made up of 18 Arab U.N. member states, including former U.N. human rights investigator Richard Falk, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and conspiracy theorizing.
Gee, I wonder if UN head Guterres was so quick to go against this latest Muslim defamation effort against Israel because of President Trump’s threat to defund the UN?