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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.

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’

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’