Condemned by UN Chief, Richard Falk Lashes Out at UN Watch

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Date: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE – Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks
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NEWS RELEASE

28 January 2011
Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks

GENEVA – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Mr. Richard Falk, on Friday flatly denied recent allegations by a lobby group that “he had endorsed the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. Government and not Al Qaeda terrorists,” and expressed surprise and regret at the ensuing strong personal attacks made on his integrity.

“The pro-Israel group, UN Watch, that created this mess deliberately distorted comments I made, in my personal capacity, on my blog,” Falk said. “Not only that, they then deliberately connected it to my UN mandate on the Palestinian territories, and on that basis started calling for me to be fired from that position.”

“I wish to be absolutely clear,” Falk added. “I do not endorse the theory that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. What I did do, in my personal blog, in which I was discussing the differing perceptions that develop after political assassinations and deeply tragic events, including  the murder of Olaf Palme, the 9/11 attacks and the recent killings in Arizona, was argue that investigations must be, and must be seen to be, transparent, exhaustive and honest.”

Falk expressed his dismay that he had been accused of disrespect towards the memory of 9/11 and its victims and their families. “This was not my intention at all,” he said. “What I stressed is the importance of carefully examining evidence before drawing conclusions about political and legal responsibility for highly tragic events, in particular those that have grave consequences for human rights.”

“I am an academic. I believe in freedom of expression, and the freedom to openly debate even the most difficult issues. I have always been proud that the United States and the United Nations have been among the strongest advocates of freedom of expression,” Falk said. “I am therefore deeply disappointed and surprised by the calculated attack on myself as a person, and on my ability to act as a voice that is not afraid to speak up on the rights of Palestinians, in accordance with the mandate invested in me by the Human Rights Council.  The constant muzzling of serious and honest debate on the Palestinian issue in the United States and elsewhere has contributed immensely to the failure to resolve the tragic crisis there for more than half a century, to the detriment of us all.”

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In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council designated Richard Falk (United States of America) as the fifth Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. The mandate was originally established in 1993 by the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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OHCHR Country Page – Occupied Palestinian Territories: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/PSIndex.aspx

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5 Responses to “Condemned by UN Chief, Richard Falk Lashes Out at UN Watch”


  • Elizabeth Woodworth

    Dear Mr. Neuer:

    Although UN Watch has done good work in many areas, I, as a fellow Canadian, protest your stance on the position of Dr. Richard Falk with regard to the events of September 11, 2001.

    Millions of people in the world, including 89.5% of recently polled Germans, have serious doubts about the official account of 9/11, and these doubts are undermining the credibility of the United States Government.

    Dr. Falk has never accused the U.S. Government of participating in the attacks; he simply says that its failure to address problems associated with the evidence leads to suspicions of cover-up.

    Surely, if there are no serious problems, an investigation to look into the discoveries by independent scientists, especially the work of University of Copenhagen Professor Niels Harrit and eight other researchers in a peer-reviewed science article
    (http://www.bentham.org/open/tocpj/articles/V002/7TOCPJ.htm?TOCPJ/2009/00000002/00000001/7TOCPJ.SGM ) should be supported. Such worldwide research work has moved 1425 architects and engineers to call for a new investigation.

    People want to know that they can trust their governments, and Dr. Falk is rightly concerned about the fact that they are left in the dark too much, and possibly cannot.

    I feel sure that if you were to closely examine the evidence above, you would be as disturbed as millions of others are, and would re-consider your position about Dr. Falk – who is a humanist and a scholar.

    Yours sincerely
    Elizabeth Woodworth
    Professional Librarian

  • UN Watch clearly does not fullfill its role as a “watch dog” for human rights. Its more part of the hysterical movement which trys to cover up any information and besmear those who raise questions about 9/11 based on fact – not conspiracy.
    People should be more concerned about the reaction of the mainsteammedia who still react like a wounded dog biting everyone who dares to come up with 9/11 – even 10 years after the attacks.

  • You are correct Mr Falk it was not the US Government per se it was and still is rouge forces working inside and outside the US Government.

    Now if we could have Jeb Bush return the logs he stole from the flight training center they would be a great help in the upcoming treason trials.

    And the UN can get off it’s high and mighty horse and start doing the job it should be doing, not cowering to the likes of Rice.

  • Dear Mr.Neuer,

    As a fully qualified architect I am bemused by these over the top reactions from the US ambassador to the UN, other Western political officials, and now the UN itself, whenever questions are raised about the official narrative surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

    It is insulting to vast numbers of academics and other highly qualified individuals, and to all others who can clearly see the highly erroneous and unsatisfactory nature of the current position in this regard. Labeling these individuals ‘conspiracy theorists’ is not a very intelligent way to address their concerns.

    In accordance with the values of ‘freedom and democracy’ we are apparently attempting to set as the gold standard for global citizenship, these reactions merely serve to raise more eyebrows.

    The considerable obfuscation; failure to address, or flat denial of the existence of credible conflicting scientific and forensic evidence simply undermines trust in the US government further,and no amount of hysterical over reaction to legitimate questions is going to reverse that process.

    We can only assume one of two things from this. A) Complete ignorance of the conflicting evidence independently gathered by scientists, physicists, pilots, military officers, architects and engineers etc not financed by the US federal Government, B) An awareness of these facts, and therefore an understanding that should a fully transparent independent investigation take place, the clearly fraudulent current version of events would be ‘officially’ revealed.

    I sincerely hope that you will reconsider your underhand tactics, and refrain from undermining the professional good standing of others who take a stance on this matter.

    Kind regards,

    Victoria John
    Architect, UK registered.

  • From UN Watch response:

    The plain facts, all of which are omitted in Mr. Falk’s U.N. press release, are as follows:

    – On January 11, 2011, Mr. Falk wrote on his blog that, “There are, to be sure, conspiracies that promote unacknowledged goals, and enjoy the benefit of government protection… The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues. What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray Griffin (and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting in book after book ever since his authoritative The New Pearl Harbor in 2004 (updated in 2008).”

    – In writing the above, Mr. Falk clearly asserted the existence of 9/11 “conspiracies,” and he unequivocally endorsed the notorious 9/11 conspiracy tract, The New Pearl Harbor as an “authoritative” book, and its author, David Ray Griffin, as a “devoted scholar of high integrity.” The main thesis of this book is that the World Trade Center was not attacked by terrorists, but was rather “an inside job.”

    – Mr. Falk’s comments are only the latest manifestation in his years-long campaign to promote Griffin’s conspiracy tracts. In fact, Mr. Falk himself wrote the Foreword to The New Pearl Harbor, praising the book as “extraordinary,” “so special” and as having “the potentiality to become a force of history.” (Click here for HTML, and here for scanned copy.) Falk’s endorsement is printed on the book jacket, as the first one.

    – In the book’s Acknowledgments, author David Ray Griffin recognized the material role played by Mr. Falk in the publishing of the book. Griffin says that he is “indebted to Richard Falk for reasons that go beyond his gracious willingness to write the Foreword. It was through his influence that I first began working on global political matters… And it was through him that I became connected with Olive Branch Press of Interlink Publishing,” the publisher of the book. “I am especially grateful for this connection.”

    – According to Griffin, Mr. Falk tried to promote the book by soliciting an endorsement from leading anti-American activist Noam Chomsky. “Richard Falk wrote to Chomsky and he said, ‘I think you should read this manuscript. My friend David Griffin has been a great admirer of yours; he’s built on your work. He would love to have a blurb from you. Chomsky wrote back and said Dick, ‘No, I will not read your friend Griffin’s book.’”

    – Mr. Falk has used his UN imprimatur to promote the 9/11 conspiracy theory. In Falk’s November 2008 article entitled “9/11: More than meets the eye”, published in The Journal, a Scottish newspaper, he signed in his UN capacity, as “an appointee to two United Nations positions on the Palestinian territories.” Falk’s article implied that the 9/11 attacks were committed by “the established elites of the American governmental structure.” The article praised the work of David Ray Griffin.

    Mr. Falk’s press release deliberately omits all of the above. By attempting to justify his despicable denial of Al Qaeda’s carrying-out of the 9/11 attacks as a mere call for “investigations,” Mr. Falk resorts to the same transparent tactics used by Iran’s Ahmadinejad and other hate-mongers who seek to deny other great atrocities of history, each with their own hateful political agenda.

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