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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith deplores a new United Nations committee report that accuses Israel of practicing apartheid. According to the Jerusalem Post the report states, “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.”
The report was written for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which encompasses 18 Arab countries.
The ESCWA reportedly did not consult with the U.N. secretariat and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said of the report that “The United Nations secretariat was right to distance itself from this report, but it must go further and withdraw the report altogether.”
Likewise Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon‏ confirmed on his Twitter account that U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres did not endorse the report.
The apartheid charge is a ludicrous canard. These relentless anti-Semitic and anti-Israel accusations from the United Nations must end. We agree with Haley, and urge the U.N. secretariat to renounce this unfounded and biased report.