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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Can you believe what we just heard?? Yes, folks, contrary to what you might be thinking there is actually an intrepid voice of truth at the United Nations and it has emerged this week.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres rejected a report published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), a Beirut-based agency which is comprised of 18 Arab states, which accused Israel of maintaining an "apartheid" regime, according a report filed on the UN Watch web site  The report's chief author is none other than the notorious Richard Falk, a former UN special rapporteur who has been repeatedly condemned by the United Kingdom and other governmental bodies for promulgating the most vociferous forms of anti-Semitism. 

In 2011, Falk was also denounced by his own boss, former U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, for espousing 9/11 conspiracy theories which accused the U.S. government, instead of Al Qaeda, of perpetrating the 9/11 terror attacks. The new report, said a spokesman for Guterres’  “does not reflect the views of the Secretary General.”

Moreover, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf announced her resignation, saying she was pressured by Guterres to withdraw the report. The report has since been removed from ESCWA’s website.

“When someone issues a false and defamatory report in the name of the UN, it is appropriate that the person resign. UN agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work, and I applaud the secretary-general’s decision to distance his good office from it,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated after Khalaf stepped down.

The UN, however, remains a reprehensible moral stain in our global society for its unabashed animus directed towards Israel. Its odious hypocrisy as it pertains to  the incessant censuring of Israel while simultaneously ignoring the world's true violators of human rights is an outrage of epic proportions. Yet and still, we join a panoply of pro-Israel organizations in applauding Secretary General Guterres for his principled, forceful and swift rejection of the libelous ESCWA report.

This is an important step by Secretary General Guterres in demonstrating his commitment to equitable treatment for all UN member states, including Israel. It is our fervent hope that the Secretary General will continue to posit himself as a bulwark against the constant siege against Israel.

There is no doubt that US pressure played a pivotal role is making this come to fruition. Perhaps the news that the US (who is the largest financial contributor to the UN) is about to stop being the perennial cash cow has something to do with this. It would behoove the UN to start behaving like the responsible world agency for "peace and brotherhood" as its original mandate espouses.