PA Head Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said he would award the highest Palestinian medal to former UN official Rima Khalaf for her courageous stand for Palestinians, local media reported.
Abbas informed Khalaf about his decision in a telephone conversation in which he congratulated her for standing for humanity, true values and loyalty to international law, Wafa reported.
Khalaf resigned Friday from her post as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Western Asia (ESCWA) after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres forced her to withdraw a report that blasted Israel of operating an “apartheid” regime.
Abbas said Palestinians appreciated Khalaf’s humanitarian and national stances as she refused to cover up crimes committed by the Israeli occupying authority against the Palestinian people.
The ESCWA report released Wednesday said Israel established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole and that there was overwhelming evidence Israel had committed the crime of apartheid.