UN’s Falk Tries to Dissociate from “Zionazi” Epithet, Kevin Barrett

Last month UN Watch exposed the latest 9/11 conspiracy theories espoused by the UN’s Richard Falk on the “Truth Jihad” radio program of Kevin Barrett, the notorious 9/11 Truther and Holocaust skeptic.

In a partial response, Falk asserts a defense: ignorance.

Here’s his online exchange with Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, a British charity that monitors antisemitism and provides security for the UK Jewish community:

mark gardner
June 27, 2013 at 8:24 am
how can it be possible that you write a blog on ethics, but are so happy to be interviewed by a radio station, Truth Jihad Radio, that uses the term “zio nazis”?

—> Reply by Richard Falk June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm
I was not aware of the name of the radio station and had not heard that term used, which would have offended me. I was just approached by the interviewer as often happens, and did not inquire further.

Legitimizing the ugly hate that his radio host represents is hardly Falk’s worst act in this incident, but let us examine his defense anyway. Is Falk telling the truth?

No. His interviewer’s first words — listen to them here — were “Welcome to Truth Jihad Radio.”

Falk managed to perfectly hear and respond to every other word the interviewer said. And Barrett has spoken these words to Falk in previous interviews.

While Falk claims to be offended by the word “ZioNazi,” the term is published on Falk’s tightly-regulated blog by posters approved by him, as in here and here.

More to the point, how can Falk be “offended” by the word ZioNazi, when he himself is notorious for repeatedly accusing Israel of acting like Nazi Germany?

The notion that Falk was “not aware” of the hate preached by his host Kevin Barrett, for whom he has interviewed repeatedly — such as in 2006 when Falk accused neocons of planning the 9/11 attacks, or again in 2011 when Falk endorsed more of the “inside job” theory — is absurd.

UN Watch has on numerous occasions published and widely circulated protests against Falk’s appearances on the Truth Jihad station.

Significantly, Falk has acknowledged reading these protests. Here are two examples.

1. Falk Read UN Watch’s December Letter to HRW Citing Barrett

In December, UN Watch wrote a letter to Ken Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, urging Falk’s expulsion from that organization’s prestigious Santa Barbara Committee. The letter noted:

That Falk has repeatedly appeared on the “TruthJihad.com” show of Kevin Barrett, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and Holocaust skeptic who rails against the “ethnic Jews” who he says run Washington and the media, a show on which Falk has endorsed Barrett’s “good work” while also praising Iranian tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Falk refers to and rejects the UN Watch letter here, and through his proxy Jim Kavanagh, a Falk friend and former Princeton colleague who once taught literature and Marxist theory, here.

2. Falk Saw UN Watch’s Draft UN Resolution Citing Barrett

Second, in June, UN Watch circulated a draft UN resolution calling for Falk to be removed. The preamble notes:

Recalling that Falk has repeatedly appeared on the “TruthJihad.com” show of Kevin Barrett, a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and Holocaust skeptic who rails against the “ethnic Jews” who he says run Washington and the media, a show on which Falk has endorsed Barrett’s “good work” while also praising Iranian tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Falk expressly acknowledged reading this text — he called it “defamatory” — and it caused him to flip out and turn the opening of his annual UNHRC report into a rant crying for UN Watch to be shut down.

How can Falk possibly argue that he had no idea what Kevin Barrett represents? Will anyone hold him to account?

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