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PA tries to stop UN Watch quoting the PA on need to fire Richard Falk

UN Watch testimony to UN Human Rights Council delivered  by executive director Hillel Neuer, 24 March 2014. The speech was interrupted numerous times by the Palestinian Authority, supported with objections by Cuba, Pakistan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Venezuela.

Mr. Falk, in this, your final report, you address the six years of your now-ending term. Were they a success? Let us consider. Did you promote human rights? We could ask the Israeli people. But the terms of your mandate refused to consider their human rights, so we cannot ask them. Let us ask the Palestinian people. We should hear from their sole legitimate representative. Continue reading ‘PA tries to stop UN Watch quoting the PA on need to fire Richard Falk’

UN’s musical chairs: Richard Falk’s wife is top nominee for Human Rights Council post

Hilal Elver photo

By HILLEL NEUER

As UN chief Ban Ki-moon today joins foreign ministers from around the world in Geneva to inaugurate a month-long session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, he should tell the 47-nation body to stop a controversial appointment that will expose itself to ridicule.

The secretary-general is surely looking forward to the upcoming exit of Richard Falk, the council’s pro-Hamas investigator of “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law.”

More than once, Ban had to take the extraordinary step of condemning one of his organization’s own human rights experts — Falk — for spreading “preposterous” 9/11 conspiracy theories. After six years, term limits finally require Falk to go.

Yet it turns out that Falk may not really be leaving after all: the Human Rights Council is set to appoint his wife and closest collaborator to a similar post at the end of the month, days after Falk makes his final presentation to the plenary.

According to a UN document circulated in Geneva, Hilal Elver — a Turkish academic on law and climate change who has been married to Falk for the past 18 years, co-authoring many of his articles — is rated first among three nominees to become the council’s next “Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.” Continue reading ‘UN’s musical chairs: Richard Falk’s wife is top nominee for Human Rights Council post’

Exclusive: Richard Falk’s final report accuses Israel of “inhuman acts” & “apartheid”

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A controversial United Nations human rights investigator is accusing Israel of “inhuman acts,” and calling on the body world to support a “legitimacy war” against the Jewish state.

A new report by Richard Falk, which he will present next month to the UN Human Rights Council as its special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, demands that the world court examine whether Israel is guilty of the international crimes of “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing,” and urges the UN to investigate corporations that profit from “unlawful Israeli activities.”

Falk, who will be lecturing today at Princeton University, has been condemned by world leaders on multiple occasions for spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories, and for anti-Semitic acts such as his endorsement of a book that praises Adolph Hitler.

(UN Watch has launched an online petition urging Princeton University president Christopher Eisgruber to speak out.)

Continue reading ‘Exclusive: Richard Falk’s final report accuses Israel of “inhuman acts” & “apartheid”’

Regimes that supported Richard Falk in 2013

On June 10, 2013, UN Human Rights Council expert Richard Falk presented a report to the plenary that called for UN Watch to be shut down. The following countries took the floor to support Falk — and to attack UN Watch.

Bangladesh: As we express our full support to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, we are disturbed by the concern raised in the report of the Special Rapporteur with regard to defamatory attacks towards the Special Rapporteur which should be addressed in all seriousness. Thank you.

Syria:  We support the work done by Mr. Falk and we believe that he provides us with an example to be followed by other Special Rapporteurs. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our full solidarity vis-à-vis his person concerning the smear campaign which has been launched against him. The Syrian Arab Republic will continue to support his work without any condition.

Turkey: We support the independence of the Special Rapporteur and condemn all defamatory attacks conducted by pro-Israel lobbying groups against his mandate.

Malaysia: We also regret the defamatory smear campaign carried out against the character of the special rapporteur designed to cast doubts on his credibility.

Egypt: Finally, we attach importance to the recommendation with regard to setting up a mechanism to support special rapporteurs who are subjected to defamation campaigns including to Mr. Richard Falk. We would like to know Mr. Special Rapporteur, what reactions you have heard from the Office of the High Commissioner in this regard?

Indonesia: A series of defamatory attacks by pro-Israeli lobbying organization demeaning the Special Rapporteur’s character simply confirms how the international community is powerless or lack of the will to firmly address this prolonged problem.

Lebanon: Unfortunately we see how financial greed and political greed an come together and we regret the fact the Special Rapporteur was victim of defamation, which is a violation of the Human Rights mechanisms. My delegation has taken note of the recommendation  [to expel UN Watch] in the report of Mr. Falk.

Cuba: We acknowledge the efforts made by the Rapporteur to comply with his mandate and we regret the actions undertaken by the NGO mentioned in his report to hinder his efforts. This confirms the repeated proposals of our country as to the reactionary nature of that organization.

Kuwait: We condemn the defamation against the Special Rapporteur and support the Special Rapporteur in all steps that he feels appropriate in order to rise to his responsibilities.

UN’s Richard Falk meeting anti-Semite in London, condemned by Palestinian activists for racism

Top UN official Richard Falk recently provided the cover endorsement for a book condemned as anti-Semitic even by the most anti-Israel activists. Now Falk is trying to meet the anti-Semite author for lunch in London (h/t @anarchozionist):

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As we’ve noted, Atzmon’s book asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all.” The British Foreign Office last year condemned Falk for endorsing it.

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It’s unclear why Britain ever granted Falk entry to spend the past several months spreading hatred in the UK.

As documented in The New Republic, Atzmon boasts about drawing “insights from a man who… was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist,” a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity,” declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew,” writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me,” and describes himself as “a strong opponent of “Jewish-ness.

The Atzmon book endorsed by Falk is so vile that 20 anti-Zionist activists, including Omar Barghouti and Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah, condemned the book and its author for racism and anti-Semitism.

Even Tony Greenstein, founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, member of “Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods” and proud “Socialist, anti-Zionist, anti-racist” pleaded in vain for Falk to pull his endorsement of the anti-Semitic book:

… how to explain how senior academics, an Emeritus Professor of International Law, can write such gushing rubbish in the blurb for Atzmon’s anti-Semitic work of literary art. Why is it so difficult to see that the concept of a Jewish conspiracy, besides being ridiculous in its own right, explains nothing, least of all why non-Jews and are the most fervent supporters of Zionism. It was with this in mind that I wrote to Richard Falk and he replied. I am still none the wiser… 

As CiF Watch notes:

[M]erely characterizing Gilad Atzmon as antisemitic doesn’t do him justice.  Atzmon advances hateful, demonizing rhetoric about Jews which is on par with the most vile Judeophobic charges ever leveled, and which is often as crude and malevolent as what would be heard at a meeting of neo-Nazis or Islamist extremists.

In brief, he repeatedly refers to Judaism as “supremacist“‘ faith, a term popularized by David Duke.  And, Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK, has strongly praised Atzmon’s writings.

Atzmon also has questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, while simultaneously arguing that, if Hitler’s genocide did occur, it can partly be explained by Jews’ villainous behavior.  On this latter note, he claimed that Hitler’s views about Jews may one day be proven right.

Atzmon also explicitly charges that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and has endorsed of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, arguing about the document that “it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe” later Jewish behavior.

U.S. accuses UN’s Richard Falk of stooping to “new low”, calls for his resignation

Source: U.S. State Department, Daily Briefing, December 20, 2013

QUESTION: On Israel and the UN, Special Rapporteur – the head of the Human Rights Commission –

MS. JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPT. SPOKESPERSON: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: – he made these – he kind of reaffirmed his comment talking about Israel as having genocidal intentions. (Click here for Falk video.) Canada has called for him to be removed from his job and, I mean, doesn’t this – now that you’ve rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, don’t you think that having a gentleman of this – of saying these type of things, like, kind of flies in the face of what the Human Rights Council is supposed to be –

MS. PSAKI: Well, let me very clear here. We condemn and completely reject Richard Falk’s latest outrageous statements made during an interview with Russia Today. The Administration has repeatedly condemned in the strongest terms his despicable and deeply offensive comments, particularly his anti-Semitic blog postings, his endorsement of 9/11 conspiracy theories, and more recently, his deplorable statements with regard to the terrorist attacks in Boston. His most recent remarks, however, represent a new low. We do not support his mandate or his work, which has been one-sided and biased, nor do we believe he should continue to serve as independent UN rapporteur, and we reiterate our calls for him to step down from this role.

We note that his term as Special Rapporteur ends in March 2014, and he cannot be reappointed to the role after that time.

QUESTION: So basically, he’s just going to kind of skirt by it all March 2014?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ve repeatedly called for him to step down. We continue to condemn in strongest terms his steps. Unfortunately, the vast majority of HRC members do not agree on his stepping down.

QUESTION: Well, but what does that say about the kind of relevance of a group like the Human Rights Council? I mean, I know you thought it was important to rejoin, but when the majority of members are siding with country – not just in this instance, but are siding with countries and dictators and leaders who do not espouse the human rights values that you do, what is the relevance of the council?

MS. PSAKI: Well, clearly we have strongly – we strongly oppose his comments and his role, as I think I’ve made evident. However, there still is good work that the Human Rights Council does. We will continue to press for him to step down, but we felt, as you noted, it was still important to be a member of the organization.

Australia condemns UN official’s ‘disgraceful’ comments on Israel

UN Watch applauds Australia for joining Canada in condemning the “disgraceful” comments this week by UN official Richard Falk. Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma stated on Twitter (see below) that he was “appalled” by Falk’s comments calling Israel “genocidal.” But the PLO defended Falk today.

UN’s Richard Falk Launches New Attack on UN Watch

Top UN official Richard Falk is angry at us once again:

NGOs such as UN Watch and UN Monitor specialize in managing such hatchet jobs. What is more disturbing than the attacks themselves than their resonance among those holding responsible positions in government and international institutions, as well as widely respected liberal organizations. In my case, the UN Secretary General, the U.S. ambassadors at the UN in New York and Geneva, the British Prime Minister, and the Canadian Foreign Minister. Not one of these individuals bothered to check with me as to my response to the defamatory allegations or apparently took the trouble to check on whether there was a credible basis for such damaging personal attacks. Even the liberal mainstream human rights powerhouse, Human Rights Watch, buckled under when pressured by UN Watch, invoking a long neglected technical rule to obtain my immediate removal from a committee, and then lacked the decency to explain that my removal was not ‘a dismissal’ when UN Watch claimed ‘victory,’ and proceeded to tell the UN and other bodies that if Human Rights Watch had expelled me, surely I should be expelled elsewhere. I learned, somewhat bitterly, that HRW has feet of clay when it came to standing on principle in relation to someone like myself who has been the victim of repeated calumnies because of an effort to report honestly and accurately on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

On the other hand, he now allows that our allegation that he supports 9/11 conspiracy theorists is a “quarter-truth”:

pro-Israeli NGOs pound away, shamelessly repeating over and over the same quarter truths, which often are not even related to their main contention of biased reporting. In my case, UN Watch harps on my supposed membership in the ranks of 9/11 conspiracy theorists, an allegation that I have constantly explained to be contrary to my frequently articulated views on the 9/11 attacks. It makes no difference what I say or what are the facts of my position once the defamatory attack has been launched.

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:

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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? Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk Tries to Dissociate from “Zionazi” Epithet, Kevin Barrett’

Support Palestine! Support their effort to fire Richard Falk

Do you support Palestine?

If so, then you would click here to support Palestine’s effort to remove Richard Falk.

Wait – did the State of Palestine really call for the removal of the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian rights? Absolutely.

Check out the the following secret U.S. diplomatic cable from February 2010, as revealed by Wikileaks, which documents a U.S. diplomatic conversation with Palestinian Deputy Permanent Representative Imad Zuhairi: Continue reading ‘Support Palestine! Support their effort to fire Richard Falk’

UN’s Falk gives voice to 9/11 conspiracy theory; radio host blames “Zio-Nazis”

GENEVA, June 14 – Controversial UN human rights official Richard Falk has once again given voice to the 9/11 conspiracy theory, in an interview with “Truth Jihad Radio”, sparking calls for the world body’s highest officials to rebuke his “inflammatory” and “offensive” comments.

Radio host Kevin Barrett, who also questions the Holocaust, said that 9/11 was “a false flag attack designed to launch a war on Islam,” and asked Falk if, “given the fact that four out of five Muslims say it was an inside job, we can approach this from a human rights perspective, saying that it’s Islamophobic to accept the official story without questioning it. ” Falk answered: “Yes, you can certainly argue that.”

UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, UN Human Rights Council president Remigiusz Henczel, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to reprimand Falk. Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk gives voice to 9/11 conspiracy theory; radio host blames “Zio-Nazis”’

New: UK says Richard Falk article “resonant of longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews”

UN Watch has learned that the British government has condemned a recent Richard Falk article for being “resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world.”

Two months ago, on April 24, we published on this blog the following UK statement that has been sent to reporters:

UK Press Release: Statement on comments by UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk – 24 April 2013

The Spokesperson of the UK Mission to the UN said:

The UK objects strongly to recent remarks made by UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, linking the Boston bombings to“American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. This is the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr Falk’s antisemitic remarks.   It is important to the UK that Special Rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr Falk were unacceptable.

Well, a skeptic named S. Smith filed a Freedom of Information request with the UK government asking whether UN Watch had accurately reproduced the above statement, and he requested a specific explanation of what London regarded as antisemitic.

Last week, in a June 6th response, the British government explained in detail why they recently condemned the UN’s Richard Falk for antisemitism:

Shortly after the appalling event in Boston, Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Ministers offered condolences to the President and the people of America, and our thoughts go out to those victims and their family and friends. Nothing can justify this attack. We therefore strongly objected to the comments by the UN Special Rapporteur in this context that the “United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks.”
The relevant paragraph from Richard Falk’s article for the Foreign Policy Journal reads:
“The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink US relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East”.
In the same article Mr Falk said that “as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.” We believe this article is resonant of the longstanding antisemitic practice of blaming Jews (through the State of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world. This is unacceptable.
We do strongly support the work of Special Rapporteurs as they are a vital part of the UN Human Rights System and it is important that they are able to act independently. However we objected strongly to Mr Falk’s remarks and will continue to raise our objections whenever any Special Rapporteur fails to uphold the standards required in his/her work.
The U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky also said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected Falk’s comments, which could undermine the U.N.’s credibility and work. “The Secretary-General immediately condemned the Boston marathon bombing and he strongly believes that nothing can justify such an attack.”
The letter was written by Philippa Thompson, Deputy Team Leader of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Team within the Human Rights & Democracy Department of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Canadian Parliament Standing Ovation Defending UN Watch, Blasting Richard Falk

Mr. Larry Miller (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Richard Falk has once again disgraced himself. Mr. Falk is once again attacking UN Watch, an NGO led by Canadian Hillel Neuer, and called for it to be investigated. This is McCarthyism in the worse sense of the term. Will the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism inform the House whether the government agrees with Mr. Falk or not?

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Richard Falk is an embarrassment to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has praised 9/11 conspiracy theorists repeatedly. He has suggested that the United States provoked terrorist attacks against it. He is now attacking Canadian-led UN Watch. We call on Richard Falk to be fired as a special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council. He is a disgrace to that body and the United Nations.

UN Watch Blasts UN Rapporteur Falk After He Demands “Investigation”

Testimony delivered by UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, UN Human Rights Council’s “Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur Richard Falk,” 10 June 2013.

Mr. Falk, in the first page of your report, you attack my NGO and ask this Council to launch an investigation in order to shut us down.

Does your report allege a crime? No, you simply object to our words. We are the only watchdog at the UN, and we report what you say. In reprisal, you now seek to muzzle our voice, to avoid being held accountable.

The real issue is whether your work, conducted under the banner of human rights, actually exonerates and exculpates the perpetrators of terrorism. Continue reading ‘UN Watch Blasts UN Rapporteur Falk After He Demands “Investigation”’

Top United Nations Official Richard Falk Calls for Removing UN Watch


UN Watch: “We do not take this lightly; the UN has a record of suspending or removing NGOs that criticize the worst regimes”

GENEVA, June 6, 2013 – In a scathing and unprecedented attack on a UN-accredited NGO, top UN Human Rights Council official Richard Falk is publicly calling on the 47-nation body to investigate and potentially expel a watchdog organization after it mobilized world leaders—including his own boss, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon—to condemn his comments blaming the Boston Marathon bombings on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv.”

In his just-released annual report, Falk—the controversial human rights monitor tasked by the Council with investigating “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law” in the Palestinian territories—accuses UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights group that fight antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, with “demeaning” and “defaming” his character, damaging the “credibility,” “effectiveness,” and “substantive intention” of his mandate, all of which “diverts attention from the message” and “shifts public interest away.”

UN Watch, whose draft resolution to remove Falk has been circulated by the United Nations as an official document and will be before the Council when he addresses it on Monday, “categorically rejected Falk’s baseless and pathetic attempt to cast aspersions on our independence.”

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant, wrote Justice Brandeis, and that’s why Falk wants to shut us down—so his despicable abuses can proliferate in the dark,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.

In Falk’s report, as well as in intense lobbying efforts that he conducted this week as reported by UN insiders, the Council official demands that UN Watch “be investigated” to determine whether it qualifies as a genuine NGO.

“We call on UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to denounce Richard Falk’s McCarthy-style attempt to have rogue regimes conduct a retaliatory ‘investigation’ of UN Watch, as a punishment for successfully exposing his gross misconduct,” said Neuer.

“Falk is dangerously trying to intimidate and silence the UN’s only watchdog group, to grant himself impunity while he continues to exculpate terrorist groups and make other inflammatory remarks that contradict the UN’s founding principles,” said Neuer.

“We are in good company, however, given that Falk’s report also accuses Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being ‘complicit’ with UN Watch for having condemned his ‘preposterous’ comments, in 2011 and again last month.”

Falk wrote that “it seems important to encourage a greater willingness on the part of senior United Nations officials to defend special rapporteurs subject to such diversionary attacks.”

Falk’s report claims that UN Watch’s “smear campaign” is carried out in “numerous settings, including at the Human Rights Council, as well as university venues where the Special Rapporteur gives lectures.”

The “smears” have been “sent to diplomats and United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General, who has apparently accepted the allegations at face value, issuing public criticism of the Special Rapporteur… with no effort to seek the views of the Special Rapporteur.”

In his report, Falk’s ninth and final recommendation is for the Human Rights Council to “establish a mechanism to support Special Rapporteurs who are subject to defamatory attacks, especially those that divert attention from the substantive human rights concerns relevant to their respective mandates.”

UN circulates NGO resolution to fire Richard Falk

For the first time, the United Nations has circulated as an official UN document a draft resolution calling for the firing of Richard Falk, A/HRC/23/NGO/27.

UN Watch submitted the draft text in the form of a NGO written statement to the UN Human Rights Council.

Its acceptance and publication on the UN website means that the text will officially appear on the council’s agenda and be circulated to delegates when Falk addresses the 47-nation body on June 10th.

To be voted upon and adopted, however, the resolution will have to be sponsored by one of the council’s 47 member countries, such as the United States.

UN Watch urges the U.S. and other democracies to endorse the draft resolution.

UN’s Richard Falk Again Calls Boston Attack “Resistance” to U.S. “Military Undertakings”

First time:  resolution submitted to finally remove Richard Falk, UN Watch calls on US & EU to endorse text

TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE TO URGE UN LEADERS TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION TO REMOVE RICHARD FALK

GENEVA, May 9, 2013 – UN official Richard Falk, who was condemned for blaming the Boston terrorist attack on U.S. and Israeli policies, has once again justified the bombings as a form of “resistance” that was “bound” to result from U.S. “military undertakings,” in an interview he gave to The Daily Princetonian newspaper.

In an unprecedented move, UN Watch, a Geneva-based group with non-governmental observer status at the United Nations, today circulated a draft resolution to terminate Falk’s mandate, and called on the U.S. and the EU to endorse it.

UN Watch also urged UN rights chief Navi Pillay, and council president Remigiusz Achilles Henczel of Poland, to follow Ban Ki-moon’s example and condemn Falk’s latest remarks. So far, both have kept silent. Continue reading ‘UN’s Richard Falk Again Calls Boston Attack “Resistance” to U.S. “Military Undertakings”’

25 U.S. congressional leaders urge U.N. to fire Richard Falk

Letters signed by 25 congressional leaders, including House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) have been submitted to President Obama and to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for them to take action to remove U.N. Human Rights Council official Richard Falk.  Continue reading ’25 U.S. congressional leaders urge U.N. to fire Richard Falk’

UN’s Disgraced Richard Falk to be Honored Tomorrow by Famed US Financier in Beirut

GENEVA, April 28 – A famous San Francisco tech finance pioneer is being called upon to cancel his sponsorship of a lecture tomorrow night that will honor a UN official who was denounced by world leaders last week for suggesting that the Boston bombings were somehow the fault of the U.S. and Israel.

In a letter sent today to Bill Hambrecht, the 77-year-old investment banker who took Apple Computer public, the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights monitoring organization, urged him not to honor Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Palestine, as a “Distinguished Peacemaker” at the American University of Beirut, only days after he was condemned by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and by the US, UK and Canadian governments, for blaming the Boston terrorist attack on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv.” Continue reading ‘UN’s Disgraced Richard Falk to be Honored Tomorrow by Famed US Financier in Beirut’

Richard Falk’s Publisher ‘Foreign Policy Journal’ is just a 1-man, Truther-run website

World headlines were made last week when UN official Richard Falk found himself condemned by his boss, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for  blaming the Boston bombings on the U.S. and Israel, in an article that appeared in Foreign Policy Journal.

Because of its high-sounding name, many assumed this to be a respected publication along the lines of  Foreign Policy Magazine, or Foreign Affairs, the century-old journal of the Council of Foreign Relations. And some surely assumed that Falk had actually published his preposterous remarks in one of those two publications. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading ‘Richard Falk’s Publisher ‘Foreign Policy Journal’ is just a 1-man, Truther-run website’

U.S. Congressmen Express ‘Outrage’ over U.N. Official Blaming U.S. & Israel for Boston Bombings, Urge Secretary-General to Condemn ‘Odious’ Remarks

The Bipartisan Chairmen of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus have sent a strongly worded letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations condemning comments by a top U.N. human rights official about the Boston bombings. U.N. Human Right’s Council Palestine monitor Richard Falk blamed the terror attacks on “American global dominion” and “Tel Aviv.” Continue reading ‘U.S. Congressmen Express ‘Outrage’ over U.N. Official Blaming U.S. & Israel for Boston Bombings, Urge Secretary-General to Condemn ‘Odious’ Remarks’

U.S. Rep to UNHRC: Richard Falk “unfit to serve”

Statement by Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe
U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

regarding Commentary by UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk

April 24, 2013

The United States completely rejects the provocative and offensive commentary by Mr. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, regarding the recent terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts.

We have repeatedly called for Mr. Falk’s resignation and expressed our grave concern in a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Falk’s continued offensive communications do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East or to further the protection and promotion of human rights.

Mr. Falk’s latest comments demonstrate once again that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur.

Source: http://geneva.usmission.gov/2013/04/24/ambassador-donahoe/

UN chief “rejects” Falk remarks, which “undermine credibility and work” of UN

Statement read out at today’s daily UN press briefing by Martin Nesisky, spokesman of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

We were asked yesterday about Professor Richard Falk’s latest commentary. I can tell you the Secretary-General has seen the commentary and he has been briefed on it. The Secretary-General rejects Mr. Falk’s comments. The Secretary-General immediately condemned the Boston Marathon bombing and he strongly believes that nothing can justify such an attack. Professor Falk is appointed by the Member States of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, not by the Secretary-General. The Secretary-General is hopeful that Special Rapporteurs such as Mr. Falk understand that – while they have independent status – their public comments can undermine the credibility and the workof the United Nations.

Canada FM: “UN should be ashamed to be associated with Richard Falk”

Falk’s Comments Cast Shame on United Nations

April 24, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Once again, United Nations official Richard Falk has spewed more mean-spirited, anti-Semitic rhetoric, this time blaming the attacks in Boston on President [Barack] Obama and the State of Israel.

“There is a dangerous pattern to Mr. Falk’s anti-Western and anti-Semitic comments. The United Nations should be ashamed to even be associated with such an individual.

“I respectfully call on the United Nations Human Rights Council—again—to remove Mr. Falk from his position immediately.

“Mr. Falk’s consistently mean-spirited comments cast a dark shadow over the United Nations and what it can accomplish. Comments like these do a great disservice to the fundamental values of the United Nations and to all freedom-loving people.”

Source: http://www.international.gc.ca/wet30-1/aff/news-communiques/2013/04/24a.aspx?lang=eng

UK condemns UN’s Richard Falk for “antisemitic” remarks – for “third time”

UK Press Release: Statement on comments by UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk – 24 April 2013

The Spokesperson of the UK Mission to the UN said:

The UK objects strongly to recent remarks made by UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, linking the Boston bombings to “American global domination” and “Tel Aviv”. This is the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr Falk’s antisemitic remarks.   It is important to the UK that Special Rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr Falk were unacceptable.’

US slams UN rights official for “offensive” remarks on Boston bombings, calls for him to go

GENEVA, April 23, 2013 – Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch commended US Ambassador Susan Rice for answering its appeal with a sharp statement (see below) denouncing a UN official for his “provocative and offensive” remarks on the Boston attacks, which, her spokesman said, “underscore the absurdity of his service” as a top official of the UN Human Rights Council.

“We now call on the UN representatives of Britain, France, Germany and the EU to show solidarity with the US victims, and to make clear that Falk’s venomous justification of terrorist attacks against Americans as a form of ‘resistance’ and poetic justice has no place at the United Nations,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. Continue reading ‘US slams UN rights official for “offensive” remarks on Boston bombings, calls for him to go’

Exclusive: UN official blames America for Boston Marathon terror attacks

Richard Falk warns of “worse blowbacks,” says “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return”

GENEVA, April 22, 2013 – In an exclusive report, UN Watch has revealed that top UN Human Rights Council official Richard Falk is blaming the Boston terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy and “Tel Aviv.”

In a letter sent today to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice (see below), UN Watch demanded that Falk be condemned.

For more on Falk, who was recently expelled by the Human Rights Watch organization yet retains his UN position, click here. Continue reading ‘Exclusive: UN official blames America for Boston Marathon terror attacks’

Double Standard: UN Postpones Israel Debate in Deference to Palestinian Agenda

Does it matter if the U.N. Human Rights Council postpones a debate on Israel’s alleged violations?

Terribly so, we were told last week by the council and its defenders, who went into a state of apoplexy when Israel, requesting a postponement, dared to miss a scheduled review session on January 29th.

Even the New York Times entered the fray – in a rare editorial dedicated to the goings-on of the Geneva body — accusing Israel of undermining human rights. Headlines worldwide echoed the sense of outrage.

UN Watch has already exposed the rank hypocrisy of these empty charges.

Yet it now turns out that, at the exact same time as the above media storm was blowing, the council was taking  an altogether different approach toward a similar request, made by one of its own top UN officials, to postpone a debate on Israel’s alleged violations.

UN Watch has discovered that the council quietly posted a notice that their own Palestine monitor, the infamous Richard Falk, who was kicked out of Human Rights Watch in response to our campaign, will be skipping a scheduled council appearance, postponing his report by several months. Continue reading ‘Double Standard: UN Postpones Israel Debate in Deference to Palestinian Agenda’

“You’re Fired”: Richard Falk Expelled from Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch Expels Top U.N. Official Richard Falk

GENEVA, Dec. 18 – Human Rights Watch has just expelled top U.N. official Richard Falk from one of its committees, where he helped played a key role in the organization’s global work.

UN Watch, an unrelated non-governmental organization based in Geneva, had called for HRW to sack Falk from the post, noting he has been condemned for spreading antisemitism and 9/11 conspiracies by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“We commend Human Rights Watch and its director Kenneth Roth for doing the right thing, and finally removing this enemy of human rights from their important organization,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. Continue reading ‘Human Rights Watch Expels Top U.N. Official Richard Falk’