UK protests top UN official’s “anti-Semitic” remarks * US is urged to do same

GENEVA, Oct. 25 – UN Watch commended the British government for protesting to the U.N. over “anti-Semitic” remarks made by one of its top officials, and urged the U.S., France, Germany and other democracies to do the same during today’s U.N. General Assembly debate with Richard Falk, the Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law.”

After Richard Falk posted this cartoon on his blog, showing a dog wearing a Jewish headcover, he was condemned by British PM David Cameron and US Amb. Susan Rice. UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay called it anti-Semitic.

In a firm demarche, the British Foreign Office told the U.N. human rights office of its “serious concerns” over “unacceptable” statements made by Mr. Falk, which were outlined by UN Watch in a letter sent this summer to Prime Minister David Cameron, who had committed to closely watch Falk’s actions and comments after he posted an anti-Semitic cartoon in 2011. Concerns were also raised with the British Government by UK Jewish institutions through the Jewish Leadership Council.


UN Watch Letter to President Obama
Concerning Anti-Semitic Remarks by Richard Falk

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

October 24, 2012

Dear President Obama.

Today the world marks UN Day, honoring the anniversary of the 1945 United Nations Charter, whose noble principles inspire the work and purpose of UN Watch.

Yet we cannot celebrate today when we know what awaits tomorrow.

Tomorrow the United Nations General Assembly will give its podium to Richard Falk, a man who promotes the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the U.S. government, endorses the Hamas terrorist group, and incites virulent hatred against America, the West, Israel and Jews. That he happens to be a top official of the U.N.’s highest human rights body only compounds the outrage.

Tomorrow, however, you have the opportunity to fight back.

The United States and other major democracies can send a powerful message in tomorrow’s debate.

We respectfully call on your government and its friends to follow the lead of Britain and condemn Mr. Falk’s latest expressions of anti-Semitism.

As we noted in our earlier letter to you on this matter, Mr. Falk recently accused “the organized Jewish community” of collective responsibility for war crimes. (See UN Watch letter in other languages: En Francais& En Espanol.)

He also provides the cover endorsement of a virulently anti-Semitic book, “The Wandering Who,” now spreading its poison around the globe. We just saw the book sitting on the shelves of Geneva’s leading university library.

As Professor Alan Dershowitz demonstrated in The New Republic, the author’s writings, both online and in his new book, “brim with classic anti-Semitic motifs that are borrowed from Nazi publications.”

With Mr. Falk’s endorsement on the front cover, the author boasts about drawing “insights from a man who . . . was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist,” and a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity” (p. 89-90). He declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew” (p. 54), writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me” (p. 94), and describes himself as “a strong opponent of … Jewish-ness” (p. 186).

Sadly, other than London’s recent protest, the U.N. and its member states have responded with deafening silence.

Yet if anti-Islamic acts by completely marginal and unknown figures merit a chorus of sharp and prompt condemnation by world figures, high U.N. officials, and diplomats, should not anti-Jewish acts by a U.N. mandate-holder—who speaks on human rights from the world body’s podium and with its imprimatur—merit the same, and so much more?

U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay is refusing to act. She insisted, in a letter to UN Watch, that Mr. Falk is answerable only to member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

America is one of those council members, and indeed its leading force. We therefore urge the U.S. to assume its responsibility and speak out tomorrow, loudly and clearly.

The cause of human rights and the founding principles of the United Nations must not be subverted. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.


Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch

12 Responses to “UK protests top UN official’s “anti-Semitic” remarks * US is urged to do same”

  • I completely agree with the British Government’s position on this issue. Mr. Falk’s presence at the United Nations is incompatible with the high ideals that this organization has to be guided by. Because of this bias, he has zero credibility on the issues that he is in charge of dealing with Mr.Falk should not work, or in any way be associated with, the United Nations.

  • re: Mr. Falk and the UN, I truly believe that whichever candidate for president in two weeks were to go on television and announce that, if elected, one of his first acts would be to go before Congress and ask it to declare its desire to withdraw from the UN. That man would win handsomely! And, while we are at, either ask the UN to pay rent for use of the land its buildings are on or to move to another country (why not to the democratically nation of Iran?)

    David E.

  • Dear All
    The UN view of the Palestinian Territories can be seen at the following URL:
    Reference is made to Israel’s view of “state land” in the West Bank (and E. Jerusalem) as being 27%. The West Bank and East Jerusalem is occupied Palestine (recognised by over 130 nations in the world including India, China, Russia, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Iceland). Palestine is still illegally held and sadly Israel has ignored the ruling of the International Court of Justice (subsequently supported by the UN and EU) with respect to the “separation barrier”. This “wall” is 3 times the length of the Berlin Wall.
    International law and UN Resolutions (over which there are over 150) are ignored by Israel.
    God bless

    *** UN Security Council Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August 1980 – BINDING
    The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible; deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;
    *** Resolution 694 (1991) – BINDING
    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2989th meeting on
    24 May 1991

    The Security Council,
    Reaffirming its resolution 681 (1990),
    Having learned with deep concern and consternation that Israel has, in violation of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and acting in opposition to relevant Security Council resolutions, and to the detriment of efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, deported four Palestinian civilians on 18 May 1991,
    1. Declares that the action of the Israeli authorities of deporting four Palestinians on 18 May is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which is applicable to all the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem;
    2. Deplores this action and reiterates that Israel, the occupying Power, refrain from deporting any Palestinian civilian from the occupied territories and ensure the save and immediate return of all those deported;
    3. Decides to keep the situation under review.
    *** Resolution 672 (1990) – BINDING
    Adopted by the Security Council at its 2948th meeting on
    12 October 1990
    The Security Council,
    Recalling its resolutions 476 (1980) and 478 (1980),
    Reaffirming that a just and lasting solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) through an active negotiating process which takes into account the right to security for all States in the region, including Israel, as well as the legitimate political rights of the Palestinian people,
    Taking into consideration the statement of the Secretary-General relative to the purpose of the mission he is sending to the region and conveyed to the Council by the President on 12 October 1990,
    1. Expresses alarm at the violence which took place on 8 October at the Al Haram al Shareef and other Holy Places of Jerusalem resulting in over twenty Palestinian deaths and to the injury of more than one hundred and fifty people, including Palestinian civilians and innocent worshippers;
    2. Condemns especially the acts of violence committed by the Israeli security forces resulting in injuries and loss of human life;
    3. Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is applicable to all the territories occupied by Israel since 1967;
    4. Requests, in connection with the decision of the Secretary-General to send a mission to the region, which the Council welcomes, that he submit a report to it before the end of October 1990 containing his findings and conclusions and that he use as appropriate all the resources of the United Nations in the region in carrying out the mission.

    24th April 2012 – UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
    “I strongly condemn the Israeli government’s decision yesterday to turn three illegal outposts in the West Bank into settlements. I urged the Israeli government in my statement on 5 April to remove – not legalise – outposts across the West Bank.”

  • I am from vancouver,canada and i wanted to say that i agrees with Richard Falk and what he said about israel.It is the United Nations that is Anti-Semitic for dividing up Palestine in 1948 for the benifit of the Zionists.The gov. of England in 1916 signed the Balfour declaration giving the Zionists in europe the go ahead to terrorise Palestine with the help of the British Gov.So the British Gov. is Anti-Semitic.
    The israeli gov.should be condemned and boycotted by all govs.and people in the world.All former prime ministers of israel were members of terrorist orgs. Menachem Begin belonged to the Irgun Gang that blew up the King David Hotel.There was also the Stern Gang that spread terror through out Palestine in the 1940s.

  • Ben Bexley@ first off – there is no such thing as god.
    secondly this website has established that the UN is biased, again and again and given that it does not have a regulating mechanism, repeating what Israel has “ignored” wouldn’t help (and that is when we completely ignore the fact that Israel has at least responded to resolutions under procedure, in the UN). not to mention that non of the other UN countries have followed UN resolutions in the few cases they were being scrutinized. if a system that’s suppose to be global is discriminating, it cannot be considered legitimate, no matter how many vote seeking foreign ministers have used it under pressure you choose to quote. If you wish to condemn Israel please do so without referring to the UN, it’s not even just a joke anymore, it’s a travesty.

  • Pakistan has also has captured areas of Kashmir that is now known as
    ‘Pak Occupied Kashmir’ by Millitary force. They say it is their land
    and call it ‘Azad Kashmir’. So what is wrong if Israel occupies
    some lands which Palestine claims as their’s. In India’s Mughal
    History everything was acquired by war, violence, murder, cruelty
    injustice, crime and fraud. So what’s the big deal if Israel
    occupies a tiny portion of a disputed land.
    They live in a tiny country anyway. Palestinians and the Muslim world
    should learn to ‘GIVE’ something to Israel in a spirit of Brotherhood and not just wage wars over (and for) ever square millimeter of land.

  • Dear Hillel,

    The cartoon shows that American Jews encourage since decades the US to support Israel. Israel, since decades, do not comply with international law, the Justice.

    What is the anti-semitism behind the cartoon? The cartoon depicts a sociological and political reality. It doesn’t address an supposed inferiority/superiority/ethnic difference from Jews.

    Criticising American Jewish or Israelian political choices is anti-semitism? My god, I better understand why there is no solution.

  • How can a person who has shown such strong suspicions of alliances to Palestine even be allowed to keep his job? The risk of having distorted facts from Mr Falk’s investigations seem quite clear.

  • Ben Bexley: Can you explain how an illegal people can possess any land at all to be “occupied”? It is well documented that the region was invaded by illegal Arab settlers pouring in from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq – today known as “palestinians”.

    There IS NO occupation behind this conflict. On the contrary, every single solution, even abandoning 77% of the actual land promised to the Jews from the beginning, has always been aggressively opposed by Arabs. ANY presence of the Jews or their right to have their own land with a history dating back 2000 years before the existence of Islam is always rejected by the Arabs.
    The aggression is from the incessant rejection by the Arabs to ever sign any peace treaties with the Jews out of extreme Jew hatred outlined in the Islamic religion.
    This rejection has clearly been outlines in the Covenant of the Hamas which declare a peace treaty to be against the Islamic movement.

    In fact, they not only consider any peace treaty to be against the Islamic movement. Islam itself consider any RIGHT for Jews to exist, to have their own base, or their own religion as total haram in Islam which must be opposed and fought at all times, be they in Israel or anywhere else.

    It should be a well known fact to anyone who has lived in the Middle East that extreme Jew hate, the desire to exterminate the Jewish people altogether and to war and opposition the Jews until every single one is killed by Muslims, is a very well known reality.

    You should be deeply ashamed that you harbor support for human genocide.

  • Rather than feeding the ideals of terrorists, the “palestinian” people and the Arab world should rather face a legal hearing about their intention to commit ethnic cleansing of Jews. The antisemitism that is prevalent 24/7, 365 in the Arab world should be made illegal in all forms of expression.

    There is enormous amount of evidence from decades of materials on video, interviews, and audio that the Muslim world aspire to exterminate an entire people. Therefore the intentions behind past negotiations and demands by the Arabs regarding Israel has to be seriously questioned.

    The UN will one day be held accountable for participation and support of this genocide. Israel should be provided military support in the region from non-Israeli supporters.

  • Stop pretending that to be anti-Israel is the same as being anti-semitic. That lie has been fully debunked by now, just like the phrase “a land without a people for a people without a land”, except perhaps for uneducated people from India.
    Richard Falk should be commended for his clarity of vision, something that is sadly lacking by most of the people posting here.

  • To UN Watch:
    Mr Hillel Neuer (Director)
    Mr Alfred Moses (Chair)
    Mr Richard Falk (International Legal Expert)
    Kind attn: Kosimek.
    Sorry, I would like to make a clarification over here:
    Just a few days back there was a photograph in the newspapers with its description in which a suspected Israeli spy was shown dragged on the roads by four Palestinian motorcyclists, riding on their motor cycles, with a rope tied to his leg.
    I would like to send my condolences to the family members of this boy who was killed by Palestinian savage barbarian boys and I share their grief.
    Sitting on motor cycles they do this. Savage killers. Savages/Barbarians who sit on the back of the products (motor cycles) of human genius and do this. But the genius has to kneel down and touch his head on the ground in front of savages because they, the savages, have money, who knows from where, and the geniuses need the business orders to earn their livelihood.
    A technology upgrade provided by modern civilization? Yes – during the ancient times, men have done this activity by sitting and riding on horse backs, to an enemy intruder. The genius of modern technology provided the technology upgrade to the savage for him to conduct his activity.
    But evolution is no charity business. The savage remains where he is in space and time for he did not have the conscience, the moral and the mental ability to mend his ways for improvement in civilizing himself and his society. He does not have, even to this date, because he never ever made any efforts in that direction. So, evolution says, sorry, I am not here in the business of charity.
    I would like to as respected sir Mr Richard Falk.
    Does tons of legislation, in which he is a master, have it in its powers today to get justice done for the poor Israeli boy/youth who was soaked in blood from head to toe, and dead??????? The answer is NO.
    I urge the international community to bring to justice the perpetrators of such horrific crimes through the International Criminal Court and such persons be awarded maximum punishment according to International Law. Dear Mr Falk, kindly note.
    Kindly look into the matter.
    Sanjay Dixit,Mumbai,India

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