The importance of the report, according to the Council, lies in its “high credibility in terms of relying on information proved with documents and approved by all.
The report re-displayed this information in highly precise arrangement to reveal frankly the image of the apartheid system. This report was also prepared by two prestigious figures well-known for their efficiency and objectivity in the field of human rights and scientific research. One of them was Professor Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 for six years from 2008-2014, making him an expert on the situation.
The second researcher is Virginia Tilley who is Professor of Political Science at Southern Illinois University and one of the most prominent researchers in the field of Racial and Ethnic Conflicts. She also served as Chief Research Specialist in the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa for more than 3 years 2007- 2010 as she led the Council’s Middle East Project.”
As for the implications of the report’s withdrawal, they later said “the resignation letter by Prof Kahalf revealed the impunity Israel enjoys, and the UN’s direct involvement in concealing the features of the Israel crimes as long as it finds a way. Attempting to hide the ESCWA report was not the UN’s first precedent in protecting Israel, but this was preceded by many negative positions supporting Israel.”
They also commented on the report’s content, saying that “the most prominent features of the apartheid regime, which were revealed in the report, are: dividing the Palestinians into four parts, subjecting them to different systems and laws, depriving them of ownership in Israel, and encouraging Jewish immigration while preventing the return of Palestinian refugees. In addition, many discriminatory laws have been enacted to ensure Jewish superiority and control over Palestinians.
The report determined four domains in which Israel adopts apartheid policies against Palestinians, emphasizing that all of them form one comprehensive apartheid regime in order to ensure the control of one race over another:”