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Top UN Official Resigns Citing Genocide of Palestinian Civilians

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After advocating for a one-state resolution to the Israel-Palestine issue, a senior United Nations (UN) official has retired in protest.


The head of a human rights organization, Craig Mokhiber, contends that the US, the UK, and much of Europe were “wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Craig Mokhiber told Volker Türk of Austria, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, in what was termed as his “last official communication” as the director of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on October 28, in a letter outlining his views on what constitutes a “U.N.-norm-based position” on the war.

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In his resignation notice, the official accused the UN of “failing” in its duty to stop what he describes as the genocide of Palestinian civilians in Gaza under Israeli bombardment. “Once again we are seeing a genocide unfolding before our eyes and the organization we serve appears powerless to stop it,” wrote Mokhiber. Mokhiber claimed that the UN didn’t seem to be able to stop the genocide that was occurring.

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Craig Mokhiber, contends that the US, the UK, and much of Europe were “wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Photo: UN

According to Mokhiber, the UN appeared powerless to halt the genocide taking place.“In the past, the UN was helpless to stop the genocides committed against Muslims in Bosnia, Yazidis in Kurdistan, Iraq, Tutsis in Rwanda, and Rohingyas in Myanmar. The genocide we are witnessing in Palestine is the product of decades of Israeli impunity… and this was solely based on their status as an Arab,” he said.

Since 1992, Mokhiber has been employed by the UN, holding a number of significant roles. In addition to leading the high commissioner’s efforts to create methods of development that are based on human rights, he has served as a top human rights advisor in Palestine, Afghanistan, and Sudan.

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He has been the director of the New York office of the Human Rights High Commissioner, and pro-Israel groups have criticized him for comments he made on social media. His support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and his repeated claims in his resignation letter that Israel is an apartheid state have also drawn criticism.


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