Israel has informed the United Nations that the visa of the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian Territories, who has previously been accused of not being “impartial”, will not be renewed, a UN spokesman said today.

Canadian Lynn Hastings was appointed in December 2020 by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories and Deputy Middle East Envoy Tor Wensland.

“We have been informed by the Israeli authorities that they will not renew (Lynn) Hastings’ entry visa after it expires later this month,” said Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for Guterres, declining to say at this time whether the official, who has its headquarters in Jerusalem, will be replaced or continue its work from another place.

The spokesman assured that Canada always had the “full confidence” of the secretary-general.

“You saw some public attacks on Twitter against her which were completely unacceptable,” he added.

In late October, Israel’s Foreign Ministry attacked Lynn Hastings by name in a post on the X (formerly Twitter) platform, accusing her of being neither “impartial” nor “objective.”

“Hastings’ dangerous rhetoric puts innocent Israeli and Palestinian citizens at risk,” said the message, which was accompanied by a video that mainly decried the UN official’s failure to condemn the Hamas attack quickly enough.

And other UN officials have been sharply criticized by Israeli officials since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, which erupted on October 7 following the Palestinian militant group’s bloody attack on Israel.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, has repeatedly called for Guterres’ resignation. In late October, he also assured that Israel would no longer grant visas to UN officials who are “hostile” to it.