UN Watch applauds Canada for being the first to condemn UN official Richard Falk’s latest remarks calling Israel “genocidal.”
“We hope that U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, EU commissioner Catherine Ashton and UN chief Ban Ki-moon will also speak out,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, who sent letters to world leaders yesterday urging them to take action.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has issued the following statement:
“Canada completely rejects and condemns the appalling remarks made by Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, in which he accused Israel of ‘genocidal’ intentions.
“Canada has previously called for Falk to be fired for his numerous outrageous and anti-Semitic statements, and these comments underscore once more the complete and total absurdity of his service as a UN Special Rapporteur.
“I call on the United Nations Human Rights Council—once again—to remove Falk from his position immediately.
“Not only do these comments undermine the fundamental values of the United Nations, they also belittle the terrible genocides that have tragically taken place throughout history and around the world.”
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) December 17, 2013
— John Baird (@HonJohnBaird) December 17, 2013