By Adam Shaw Published March 15, 2017 FoxNews.com
A United Nations report co-authored by anti-Israel scholar Richard Falk on Wednesday accused the U.S. ally of being "guilty of the crime of apartheid" – triggering a furious response from the Trump administration, which demanded the U.N. "withdraw" the study.
America's U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the report as "anti-Israel propaganda" in a statement late Wednesday.
"The United States stands with our ally Israel and will continue to oppose biased and anti-Israel actions across the UN system and around the world," Haley said.
The report was commissioned by the U.N Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. While apartheid originally was associated with South Africa, the report said Israel's policies today meet the definition of “an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination” by one racial group over another.
A spokeswoman for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres distanced Guterres from the report Wednesday, telling Fox News that the report does not reflect his views.
“It was published by the Economic Commission for Western Asia, a regional U.N. economic commission, without prior consultation with U.N. headquarters,” the spokeswoman said.
The Israeli ambassador to the U.N. slammed the report's conclusion as "biased and deceitful."
"The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie," Ambassador Danny Danon said. "It comes as no surprise that an organization headed by an individual who has called for boycotts against Israel, and compared our democracy to the most terrible regimes of the twentieth century, would publish such a report."