Ban Ki-moon

UN agency head resigns, stands by Israel 'apartheid' report

The head of a United Nations agency that promotes development in Arab countries resigned Friday after refusing to withdraw a controversial report concluding that Israel has established an "apartheid regime" that discriminates against Palestinians.

The report titled "Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid," which was published earlier this week by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, drew swift criticism from U.N. and Israeli officials.

Its authors concluded that "Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the...

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