UN agency report compares Israeli ‘occupation’ to US slavery

 

(JNS.org) After the United Nations-affiliated Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) last month released a controversial report describing Israel as an “apartheid regime,” the same U.N. agency is set to release a new report equating the Israeli “occupation” with slavery in the U.S.

ESCWA headquarters in Beirut. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

ESCWA’s Beirut-based council is comprised of 18 Arab members. The agency’s recent “apartheid” report—authored by Richard Falk, a discredited former U.N. special rapporteur for human rights with a record of vehemently anti-Israel rhetoric—was rejected by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who forced its withdrawal.

According to an ESCWA resolution passed in December 2016, the new slavery-themed anti-Israel report seeks to establish “premises and approach for calculating the cumulative cost of the occupation.” 

Although it has yet to be clarified when the latest anti-Israel report will be published, Israeli media have reported it may symbolically be released in June on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War. The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development is set to collaborate with ESCWA on the report.

Posted on April 4, 2017 .