Below we reprint an important publication of the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) which documents the oppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli state and characterizes it officially – for the first time – as "Apartheid." The report concludes: "Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole."
Unsurprisingly, this UN document provoked a hysterical response by the right-wing Israeli government which compared the report to the extremely anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda publication "Der Stürmer." Likewise the extremely pro-Zionist US government of Donald Trump put tremendous pressure on the UN to withdraw the report. In the end, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres capitulated and ordered the withdrawal of the report. In response Rima Khalaf, the head of the ESCWA, resigned in protest. (1)
This demonstrates once more that the United Nations is not an independent, impartial institution but rather is dominated by the reactionary Great Powers. However, precisely because of this it is so remarkable that even a UN commission had to admit the extremely racist oppression of the Palestinian people and characterized it as "Apartheid".
(1) See on this e.g. Al Jazeera: UN official resigns over Israel apartheid report, 17 March 2017, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/official-resigns-israel-apartheid-report-170317182241142.html