REPORT | Palestinians honour Rima Khalaf for apartheid report

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has awarded the highest Palestinian honour to Rima Khalaf, a senior UN official who resigned on Friday amid pressure to withdraw a report that accused Israel of creating an apartheid state.

“The secretary-general cannot accept that an under-secretary-general or any other senior UN official that reports to him would authorise the publication under the UN name, under the UN logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself,” Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres, told reporters on Friday.

“The curious thing here is that Al Jazeera and many other news organisations had been aware of this report for several days now,” he said on Friday.. Israel was highly critical of the report, likening it to Nazi-era propaganda.

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