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Facing flagging support, Hezbollah criticises UN as ‘weak’ over Israel apartheid report

A view of the UN General Assembly meeting on Syria in New York, United States on December 09, 2016 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]
A view of the UN General Assembly meeting on Syria in New York, United States on December 09, 2016 [Volkan Furuncu / Anadolu Agency]

The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah Shia jihadist movement denounced the United Nations yesterday as weak after the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.

A senior UN official resigned on Friday after the secretary-general asked her to remove the report, published by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), from the internet.

UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf said she was leaving after “powerful member states” had pressured the world body and its chief with “vicious attacks and threats”.

Read: UN ESCWA chief resigns over report on ‘apartheid’ Israel

Iranian proxy and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech yesterday that the incident served as a reminder of the “truth of this organisation [the UN], that it’s weak…and it succumbs to the will of the United States and Israel”.

The UN is “incapable of taking a stand” and the debacle over the report proved it cannot be counted on “to defend human rights in our region,” he said.

Hezbollah was previously widely admired in the Arab world for its perceived stand against Israel. However, the Shia jihadist organisation’s recent involvement in the Syrian war and its perpetration of atrocities against Syrians calling for democracy and the downfall of the regime of Bashar Al-Assad have caused it to lose its status.

Many Arabs and Muslims view Hezbollah as having manipulated the Palestinian struggle for self-determination in order to rally popular support for its actions. By claiming to be a guardian of Palestinian rights and a weapon against Israel, Hezbollah successfully managed to garner support.

However, its clear subservience to Iran and due to its actions in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, Hezbollah is now facing a popular backlash that pits the militant group as a sectarian Shia jihadist organisation bent on eradicating Sunnis.

Israeli apartheid

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) executive committee, also criticised the decision and called on the report to be reinstated.

ESCWA, which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a UN body had clearly charged that Israel “has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.

Israel fiercely rejects the allegation, often directed at it by its critics, and likened the report to Der Sturmer – a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic.

Rights group: UN pressured to withdraw report saying Israel ‘apartheid’ state

The United States, an ally of Israel, had said it was outraged and demanded the report be withdrawn.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Friday that Khalaf’s resignation was appropriate and Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon said it was “long overdue”.

“It is only normal for criminals to pressure and attack those who advocate the cause of their victims,” Khalaf wrote in her resignation letter. She stood by the ESCWA report.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the report was published without consultation with the U.N. secretariat.

“This is not about content, this is about process,” Dujarric told reporters in New York on Friday.

“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,” he said.

Last month, Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah would put up fierce resistance in any future confrontation with Israel should the United States give it the green light to attack it inside Lebanon, but played down the prospects of such a battle.

Israel fought a destructive month-long war with its Lebanese foe Hezbollah in 2006, and has targeted the group including military leaders in several deadly strikes in Syria in recent years but there has been no major direct confrontation.

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  • JDY

    Yes, UN is weak. Hezbollah should have been disarmed after 2006 war.

    • Helen4Yemen

      How about the European colonial settlers going home? What stops them from going home?

      • JDY

        What stops Palestinians going home to Jordan?

        • Helen4Yemen

          Who then are the indigenous people of Palestine?
          The Ashkenazi? The Ethiopian Jews?

          • JDY

            No little flake. One million Jews ethnically cleansed from Arab countries. Read your history little flake

          • Helen4Yemen

            In 1948, there were 851,000 total Arab Jews living in different Arab countries. A decade after the Ashkenazi erected a state, there were still 469,060 Jews still clinging to their Arab countries. Considering that the Ashkenazi wanted them desperately as cheap labor and as a buffer between him and the Palestinians, why did the Arab Jews choose to stay? Even 2 decades later in 1968 there were 69,000 still remaining. 20 years is a lot of years. Why did they stay? By 1978, 30 years after the Ashkenazi state was created, there were 31,790 Jews still living in the Arab countries. 30 years is a lot of years. Why did they not leave? So when you say that in 1948, 800,000 Arab Jews were expelled is totally false. Either you chose to make up a lie or you are not well informed on that particular event. On the other hand, in 1948, the Ashkenazi expelled 900,000 Palestinians in a matter of a few months. Now that is expulsion.


            Total———— 851,000—469,060—-69,600–31,790

          • JDY

            How old are you 21 maybe. Little girl Jews belong in Israel. Arabs are invaders period. They rewind the middle east. You people are intolerant. So called Palestinians were urged to leave when war broke out in 1948. Jews were expelled there after between 1948-1967. Don’t try to change history.
            Now the poor Coptic Christians are feeling the discrimination in Egypt. You people are a curse upon this earth.

          • Helen4Yemen

            At 99.9% European ancestry (Poland, Lithuania …) and 0% Middle East ancestry, tell me know how the Ashkenazi belongs in the Middle East?

            Rabbi Hammerman DNA = 99.9% European, 0% Middle East

            97.2% Ashkenazi
            0.8% East European
            0.2% Southern European
            1.7% Broadly European
            0.1% Native American
            99.9% European

            (Replace * with dot)


          • JDY

            What about Muslims there 100% liars. Jews are Jews were ever they come from. You on the other hand are fake people and liars. IT’s written in your holy book

          • Helen4Yemen

            I see that you did not dispute the Ashkenazi DNA of 99.9% European and 0% Middle Eastern, did you? The question then is what is the Ashkenazi doing away from his ancestral land of Europe? “Jews are Jews” makes no sense? Does it man they have the right to go an area where they have 0% ancestral ties an claim the land?

          • JDY

            You’re ignorant about Jews. What’s DNA has to do with religion? So all Muslims come from Arabia? You lie like a rug. It’s typical of your religion. You’re hated in the US and Europe. Trump will take care of you people.

          • Helen4Yemen

            1. Did the Ashkenazi say he was “coming back “0”

            2. Can he “come back” to an area where he has 0% ancestry?

            3. What is the mean reason this European – totally European –
            decided to settle on that land?

          • JDY

            Why are you people going to Europe and US? You contaminate are western ways. Look at the mess you people did in Syria, Iraq and Yemen your country? Tell me why you people are killing each other? Tell me what you people have contributed to humanity this century?

          • Helen4Yemen

            How many of the 13,000 Jews in Palestine in 1851 do you think were Lithuanian, Russia, Polish, German, Hungarian … Jews vs. native Jews?

            Palestine population

            Year – Muslim — Christian – Jews
            1851 – 300,000 – 27,000 – 13,000
            1861 – 325,000 – 31,000 – 13,000
            1878 – 386,320 – 40,588 – 13,942
            1879 – 390,597 – 41,331 – 14,197
            1880 – 394,935 – 41,089 – 14,460
            1881 – 399,334 – 42,864 – 14,731
            1882 – 403,795 – 43,659 – 15,011 Ashkenazi arrived
            1883 – 408,318 – 44,471 – 15,300
            1884 – 412,906 – 45,302 – 15,599
            1885 – 417,560 – 46,152 – 15,908
            1922 – 598,177 – 71,464 – 83,790 British Mandate began
            1924 – 627,660 – 74,094 – 94,945
            1926 – 663,613 – 76,764 – 149,500
            1928 – 695,280 – 79,812 – 151,656
            1930 – 733,149 – 84,986 – 164,796
            1932 – 771,174 – 90,624 – 180,793
            1934 – 807,180 – 99,532 – 253,700
            1935 – 826,457 – 103,371 – 320,358
            1936 – 848,342 – 106,474 – 370,483
            1937 – 875,947 – 109,764 – 386,074

          • Helen4Yemen

            Do you remember this question that you never replied to?
            Who then are the indigenous people of Palestine?
            The Ashkenazi? The Ethiopian Jews?

  • Vinegar Hill

    This whole episode is a total disgrace and is yet another attack by the rogue state of Israel against the system of democracy. The report which was well written, well argued and well supported with evidence clearly demonstrarted that Israel is an aparthide state. The response from Israel was to apply “vicious attacks and threats”, aided by its surrogate, the USA, to eliminate a report that spelt out the truth.
    Israel iis a danger to the Middle East and dangerous to society as a whole, as it violates international laws and norms to achieve its goal of brutal subjugation of the indigenous Palestinian people.

    • Mike Abramov

      Sir – You have spelled ‘apartheid’ wrong. Be that as it may, the allegation that Israel is apartheid goes back to the first visit by Desmond Tutu back in the 1990’s. After an all expenses paid trip to Israel, he was asked by his left-wing compatriots how he saw the situation in Israel and Palestine. He replied that it reminded him off Apartheid S.Africa. After spending many dollars/rand on this trip what would you expect him to say?

      As for Hezbollah, you do realise that you are supporting a jihadist army. This means wanton death and destruction in the name of Allah. Is that what you want?

      • Vinegar Hill

        Thank you for your “spelling comment” .
        What is the point of your reference regarding “a jihadist army”? You know full well that Israel has “jihadists” in the IDF, so what point are your trying to make?

        • Mike Abramov

          I will address your points in order of appearance.

          1. Jihad is the Arabic word for Holy War. There may be rogue soldiers in the Israeli army, but they do not kill in the name of God as is the Jihadi policy. Some Israeli soldiers, like many armies, act inappropriately.

          2. Israel is not an apartheid state. Jews and Arabs live together, sleep together, go to school together and there are no diving lines in Israel for it’s Arab citizens. The Palestinians are at war with Israel and therefore Palestinians are not Israeli citizens as they have chosen/ or not to love outside Israel’s borders.

          3. The definition of apartheid as practiced in South Africa does not apply to Israel and it’s Arab citizens and come to that, nor the Palestinians which is why the UN are re-thinking this label.

          • Paul Canning

            You spelled dividing incorrectly!!

          • Michael Abramov

            Thanks for letting me know. It’s being 64 years old that leaves my vision not as good as it used to be.

      • Ismail Oliver

        No he didn’t spell it wrong. Apartheid is an Afrikaans word we used in South Africa and that is how we spell it. Stop changing ‘things’ in order to make it your own, but that’s what zio’s do right, steal from others and pretend that it belongs to them.

        • Mike Abramov

          My apologies. He did spell apartheid correctly. However, I an not happy with the use of ‘Zio’. It stinks of racism. So, I will not reply to your comments until you refer to the Zionists properly.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Ah, I remember now, this website is very anti-Shia. I honor Hezbollah or any other people who resist the goddamned European predators squatting on and leeching off Arab soil.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Dear MEMO: I do not visit this site as often as I used to because it is hard to remember that you do not allow live links. Why not? As soon as I post a message with a link, it goes into “pending”. After a while, it gets very tiresome. Why do not you not allow links?