Last week the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), a group comprised entirely of Arab countries, issued a report accusing Israel of practicing apartheid against the Palestinians. Having a U.N. group make such an accusation was considered a major propaganda win for the anti-Israel movement.
As discussed below, the report was authored by people with longstanding anti-Israel records. The report was so disgraceful in content and so obviously political in motive that by Friday the Secretary General of the UN had first disassociated himself from the report and then asked that it removed from the ESCWA’s website. Also on Friday, Rima Khalaf, the Jordanian head of ESCWA resigned.
Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., is credited by many as working to negate this anti-Israel move. This may be a sign of a new U.S. assertiveness at the U.N.
The scandal of the ESCWA report reflects on the dysfunction that is the UN. Why in the world is there a need for an agency devoted to Economic and Social issues in western Asia, and why is it populated by representatives of governments largely responsible for the economic and social failings of the Arab world?