Khalaf is the United Nations under-secretary general and head of the Lebanon-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which promotes cooperation between 18 Arab states.
"It was expected, naturally, that Israel and its allies would exercise enormous pressure on the United Nations secretary-general to distance himself from the report and to ask for it to be withdrawn", she said.
"Such a report constitutes a step in the right direction and highlights the true reality on the ground which is one of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and military occupation", she added.
"The secretary general asked me yesterday morning to withdraw the report", she said during a press conference from Beirut. "We will continue to remain grateful to Dr. Khalaf for assuming a principled and courageous stand on behalf of the people of Palestine".
UN Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf had remarked that the report was the "first of its type" from a UN body that "clearly and frankly concludes that Israel is a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people".
Khalaf resigned from her position as the executive-secretary of the Lebanon-based commission after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked that the controversial report be remove from the agency's website. "This is about the secretary-general having the authority to manage the organization in a way that is done effectively and can deliver on its goals".
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The member states received copies of this report.
"I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the United Nations".
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"The secretary-general can not accept that an under-secretary general or any other senior United Nations official that reports to him would authorise the publication under the United Nations name, under the United Nations logo, without consulting the competent departments and even himself", he said.
Ofir Gendelman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman, said on Twitter Abbas was waging "a diplomatic war on Israel" by announcing the award, describing the report as "libelous and false".