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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’

Human Rights Watch Should Remove Antisemitic U.N. Official Richard Falk from Its Board

The following letter was sent today to Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth.

Kenneth Roth
Executive Director
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
United States of America

December 17, 2012

Dear Mr. Roth,

We are shocked to discover that Richard Falk—the U.N. official whose antisemitic remarks and 9/11 conspiracy theories have been condemned 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—is a board member of your organization.

By legitimizing this racist and enemy of human rights, your organization undermines its own founding principles. We urge you to remove him immediately.

According to your website, Mr. Falk is a member of Human Rights Watch’s prestigious Santa Barbara Committee, composed of prominent citizens who play a key role in your organization’s global work.

We find it astonishing that Mr. Falk would be rewarded by such an eminent position with Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s largest human rights organizations. Continue reading ‘Human Rights Watch Should Remove Antisemitic U.N. Official Richard Falk from Its Board’

UN’s 9/11 conspiracist calls for boycott of HP, Volvo, Motorola & Caterpillar

In advance of his appearance today before the General Assembly, Richard Falk, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” has just released a new report calling on civil society to “vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction” HP, Motorola, Volvo, Caterpillar, and other businesses having commercial connections with Israeli activities in the West Bank.

Falk was just condemned by the British government for his “anti-Semitic” remarks, with the Foreign Office delivering a protest to the U.N. that expressed London’s “serious concerns” over his “unacceptable” comments. UN Watch urged the U.S., France, Germany and other democracies to follow suit by taking the floor today to condemn Falk’s anti-Jewish remarks.

Five Facts on Falk:

1. Last week, Falk justified his 1979 New York Times op-ed titled “Trusting Khomeini.”

Continue reading ‘UN’s 9/11 conspiracist calls for boycott of HP, Volvo, Motorola & Caterpillar’

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

U.N.’s Richard Falk justifies his 1979 “Trusting Khomeini” NYT op-ed

As the IAEA and the international community increasingly focus on the Iranian government’s menacing race for a nuclear bomb, a new article on the 1979 revolution by Richard Falk, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” reminds us once again how he was a key U.S. promoter of the fundamentalist regime’s establishment. And how he today remains completely unrepentant.

Days after Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in 1979, Falk reassured the world, in a New York Times op-ed titled “Trusting Khomeini,” that “the depiction of him as fanatical, reactionary and the bearer of crude prejudices seems certainly and happily false.”

Khomeini’s entourage, wrote Falk, had “a notable record of concern for human rights.” Indeed, the ayatollah’s “new model of popular revolution” offered the world “a desperately-needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.”

Falk’s long-winded pondering about his actions leading up to the revolution reaches the happy conclusion that he was completely justified all along:

I continue to believe that despite the dangers of visionary politics, it is the only hope we have as a species of creating a sustainable and just future for humanity.

Falk wants us to believe that his endorsement of Khomeini made complete sense because it was “authentic” and based on his “best understanding” at the time:

I am inclined to think that my response to what took place in Iran was authentic at its various phases, reflecting my best understanding of the unfolding circumstances, adjusting my evaluations phase by phase. I prefer such a view, even in retrospect, to indifference to the Shah’s oppressive regime, while realizing that drastic change, especially in a country endowed with abundant oil reserves, is almost certain to be a rocky road. Should I have been immediately more suspicious of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic dimensions of the revolution? Probably, but it was not clear at the time…

Not clear at the time? Not to Falk, perhaps. But to others, it was very clear. Shortly after Falk’s “Trusting Khomeini” op-ed, the Times’ own Anthony Lewis wrote a column entitled “Trusting Illusions.”

Falk’s assurances, said Lewis, were “outstandingly silly.” His analysis was “distorted,” he added. “No one should have expected Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini to to  be comfortable liberal — or stable.”

Folly carries a price, and legions of Iranian men and women—brutalized, tortured and raped by the Islamic Republic—continue to pay the price for what Richard Falk and others helped install.

As is his wont, Falk finds a way at the end of his 1979 memoir to insert a contemporary attack against Israel and the U.S., while completely ignoring Iran’s race for the nuclear bomb and — despite his being a U.N. expert — all of the UN Security Council resolutions and damning IAEA reports about Iran’s furtive, illegal and alarming activities, which now threaten the peace of the world.

For more on Richard Falk, click here.

U.N.’s Richard Falk accuses “the organized Jewish community” of crimes against Palestinians

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk is now accusing “the organized Jewish community” of being “responsible for the massive and enduring confiscation of Palestinian land and rights.” This is only the latest of a series of Richard Falk outrages exposed by UN Watch. Below is the letter faxed today to President Obama and other world leaders and high U.N. officials demanding an immediate condemnation. Continue reading ‘U.N.’s Richard Falk accuses “the organized Jewish community” of crimes against Palestinians’

UN officials on pending Congressional watchlist

Following UN Watch’s reports, articles and speeches exposing the scoundrels below, a bill pending in the  US Congress, H.R.2829 – United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011, effectively places these UN Human Rights Council officials on a watchlist:

    (8) Some of these [United Nations Human Rights Council] special rapporteurs and members of the Advisory Committee have displayed consistent bias against the United States, Israel, and the Jewish people, while providing support to human rights abusers.

    (9) Richard Falk, the United Nations ‘Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967’, has compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Holocaust, questioned the veracity of the events of September 11, 2001, and posted a cartoon on his blog depicting Americans and Jews as bloodthirsty dogs.

    (10) Jean Ziegler, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and former United Nations ‘Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food’, has accused former President George W. Bush and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of committing ‘state terrorism’, has called for an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court for ‘war crimes’ following Israel’s war against Hezbollah in 2006, has visited Cuba and praised the Cuban regime’s provision of food to the Cuban people, and has stated that Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe ‘has history and morality with him’. Ziegler was also involved in the establishment of the ‘Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights’, a prize established by, funded by, and named after Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, and awarded in the past to Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Louis Farrakhan, and Roger Garaudy, who has denied the Holocaust, questioned the veracity of the events of September 11, 2001, and supported Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map’.

    (11) Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee who has previously served as President of the United Nations General Assembly and as foreign minister for the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, has implicitly accused the United States of ‘terrorism’, has called former President Ronald Reagan a ‘butcher’, has called for a international boycott of Israel, has stated that the Palestinians were being ‘crucified’ by Israel, has called Israel’s defensive Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip a ‘monstrosity’ and ‘genocide’, has urged the United Nations to use the term ‘apartheid’ in discussing Israeli treatment of Palestinians, has embraced Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after Ahmadinejad delivered an anti-American, anti-Israel address to the United Nations General Assembly, has stated that charges of genocide against Sudanese dictator Omar Hassan al Bashir are ‘racist’, and has declared Fidel Castro ‘World Hero of Solidarity’, stating that Castro ‘embod[ied] virtues and values worth emulation by all of us’.

    (12) Halima Warzazi, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, has compared Israel to Nazi Germany, and used her previous membership in a United Nations apparatus to shield Saddam Hussein from censure for gassing Iraqi Kurds in Halabja.

Stanford’s Folly

Today: Top U.S. Law School to Legitimize UN’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist

By Hillel Neuer

GENEVA – Seventy years ago, President Roosevelt coined a term for the global alliance against Hitlerism, which resonated at once with Churchill: United Nations.

Endorsed by 26 states on January 1, 1942, the Declaration by United Nations made history by elevating human rights and religious freedom as international principles, and pledged a common struggle against “savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.”

By 1945, as war-making gave way to peace-preserving, the alliance developed into the colossal world instrument we know today.

Seven decades later, how does the UN live up to the vision and resolve of its founders?

An event this evening at Stanford University is a sobering reminder that some of what is said and done today in the name of the UN would cause Roosevelt and Churchill to roll in their graves.

The human rights clinic of the law faculty, headed by Professor James Cavallaro, a former Human Rights Watch activist, has decided to give its platform, in the form of a public lecture and reception, to Richard Falk, a UN expert and former Princeton academic.

While he appears highly qualified and is well versed in the language of human rights, the reality is that Falk’s twisted moral vision negates the UN founders’ dream, recasting tyrants, terrorists and teachers of hatred as heroic victims resisting colonialist oppression. Continue reading ‘Stanford’s Folly’

Correction: On William Schabas and Richard Goldstone

UN Watch’s recent briefing listed international law scholar William Schabas among those who had hailed Richard Goldstone as a saint after his UN report, only to turn on him when he retracted it.

In response, Professor Schabas states as follows: “I have never turned on my good friend Richard Goldstone, ‘with a vengeance’ or otherwise.” We have corrected the briefing and regret the error.

Indeed, a closer examination shows the  following. After the Goldstone Report was published, Schabas proclaimed that Goldstone “had better be on next year’s Nobel short list.” Schabas also shared his belief, on the same occasion, that Goldstone’s act of condemning alleged Israeli war crimes was performed “as a Jew.” “The world should be thankful that we have people like Richard Goldstone,” said Schabas. Continue reading ‘Correction: On William Schabas and Richard Goldstone’

UN official Richard Falk posts profane poem about Alan Dershowitz

In response to Professor Alan Dershowitz’s New Republic critique,  Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of Israeli violations, has published a profane poem.  Screenshots below. Continue reading ‘UN official Richard Falk posts profane poem about Alan Dershowitz’

NGO Thanks UN Rights Chief for Calling Official’s Cartoon “Anti-Semitic”

GENEVA — UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay, responding to a complaint by the UN Watch monitoring group, and ensuing global furor, issued an unprecedented statement about one of the UN Human Rights Council’s own officials, describing a caricature posted on his personal blog as “objectionable” and “anti-Semitic,” a form of hatred and racial discrimination that “I utterly deplore.” Click here for High Commissioner Pillay’s letter. Continue reading ‘NGO Thanks UN Rights Chief for Calling Official’s Cartoon “Anti-Semitic”’

Letter of UN rights chief calling Richard Falk’s cartoon “anti-Semitic,” condemning hatred

Click here for UN Watch’s reply and press release.

Click here for PDF version

11 July 2011

Dear Mr. Neuer,

I write in response to your letter of 6 July 2011, concerning an anti-Semitic image posted on the personal website of Mr. Richard Falk. Continue reading ‘Letter of UN rights chief calling Richard Falk’s cartoon “anti-Semitic,” condemning hatred’

British Minister & MP call on PM Cameron to condemn UN’s Richard Falk

Rt Hon David Cameron – Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London, SW1A 2AA

                                                                                        13th July, 2011
Dear Prime Minister

We are writing to raise our concerns about a cartoon that was posted by a UN Human Rights Council expert and American academic, Richard Falk, in his personal blog on 29th June 2011. The cartoon depicts a dog with “USA” written on his body and wearing a skullcap, urinating on a depiction of justice while devouring the bloody bones of a skeleton. Continue reading ‘British Minister & MP call on PM Cameron to condemn UN’s Richard Falk’

Washington endorses UN Watch’s call to fire Richard Falk

Breaking News: The US Endorses UN Watch’s Call for Richard Falk to be Fired

UN Watch salutes the US government for echoing our call for Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Palestine, to be fired.  The US statement speaks of registering a protest with the UN. Only the 47-nation council can remove him, however, and the majority of that body has always embraced Falk. These 47 could have fired him in March, after Falk was castigated for his 9/11 conspiracies by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Instead, they reportedly renewed his mandate for another three years, without objection.  Besides, the council doesn’t meet until September.

So who can take real action here? Clearly not Mr. Ban. On the contrary, Falk has attack him with impunity, recently posting a blog about the “Shameless Secretary-General.” No one in the UN human rights system objected, not even the NGOs.

Only one person’s voice carries real weight here: UN rights chief Navi Pillay. The Geneva-centered UN human rights system reveres the High Commissioner as the Catholic Church does the Pope. If she reprimands Falk, the word will ripple throughout the system. He would be shamed within the diplomatic and human rights communities, and would eventually have to resign. Let’s hope the US registers this protest not with the UN in abstract, but with Ms. Pillay’s office in particular. In our Wednesday letter to Pillay we anticipated and refuted her office’s dodge that they don’t pass comment on the council’s experts. We cited contrary precedents from Pillay’s predecessor, Louise Arbour, among others. If her banner of anti-racism is more than just words, Pillay most certainly can — and should — speak out.

After Jewish dog cartoon, UN’s Richard Falk apologizes — to Jews, and animals

And now Richard Falk apologizes — to Jews and animals:

Apology for Unintentionally Posting Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Qaddafi Arrest Warrant Blog

 With apologies, I realize that the cartoon that originally appeared on my blog devoted to the arrest warrants for Qaddafi and two others issued by the ICC had strongly anti-semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me. I posted the cartoon to express my view that double standards pertained to the American and ICC approach to international criminal accountability. As soon as I was made aware of the anti-semitic content of the cartoon I removed it from my blog, although initially I denied such a posting because I did not realize that it was anti-semitic and was mistaken as to what was being referred to. My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support. My interest and commitment has always been directed at finding a just and sustainable peace for both peoples, although I believe that this must be based on a belated recognition of Palestinian rights, and not on power relationships.

To be clear, I oppose any denigration of a people based on ethnicity, race, religion, stage of development, and believe in the human dignity of all people in their individual and collective identity. Beyond this, if we are to have a sustainable human future we must also make peace with nature, and treat animals with as much respect as possible. This is both a sacred imperative of my idea of a spiritual life, but also an integral aspect of species survival on an increasingly crowded, overheated, and endangered planet.

Returning to the cartoon, I regret my carelessness, and apologize for any unintended hurt and outrage caused thereby. At the same time, I am quite aware that many of the messages were motivated to discredit me due to my views of Israeli policies and behavior.

VIDEO: Chair of US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee slams Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon

Speaking in US Congress just now, Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen endorses UN Watch’s demand for UN rights chief Navi Pillay to condemn Richard Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon (from 4:37):

“We should demand that the United Nations stop its relentless activities to demonize Israel and the Jewish people, and put our money where our mouth is. The most recent example of this bias is a cartoon posted by Richard Falk, which was apparently taken down just minutes ago, and the UN Human Rights Council has appointed Mr. Falk as an ‘expert’ to investigate and condemn Israel.

“And I’m sure that the viewers can see, or they can look it up on the internet, what this cartoon depicts. It depicts Americans and Jews as bloodthirsty dogs. And that is not the first time that Mr. Falk has spread such venom. He has compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Holocaust and questioned the veracity of the 9/11 attacks. But he continues to work for the UN Human Rights Council, with over 20 percent of his expenses and staff paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

“And has the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ever condemned Falk and demanded that he resign his UN post? Never. To the contrary, her office has published an attack by Falk on his critics. And, I understand that he says now that his account was hacked into, and he has taken that drawing down, but I say enough is enough.”

“The Administrative should withdraw from the biased Human Rights Council, and Congress should withhold funding from the Council and other UN bodies that do not advance our national security interests, and condition U.S. contributions on real reforms.”

Timeline: Falk’s reaction

Reaction: UN’s Falk Denies, Then Deletes Anti-Semitic Cartoon

After UN Watch today exposed his publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon, the UN Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk first denied publishing the cartoon—and then deleted it. See his blog here.

For those wishing to see a screen-capture of the original post prior to its deletion by Falk, please click here. And as of the sending of this briefing, Mr. Falk has still not deleted the cartoon from his blog’s image database. Continue reading ‘Timeline: Falk’s reaction’

Before he deleted it: Richard Falk’s anti-Semitic cartoon

So after he denied posting the anti-Semitic cartoon, Richard Falk has deleted it.

To see what Falk’s original post looked like with the cartoon:

  • Click here for the Google cache. (This snapshot may not be registered forever.)
  • Click here for a screen capture.
  • Click here for the print-out as sent today to UN rights chief Navi Pillay (last page of the attachment)

UN’s Falk denies posting anti-Semitic cartoon, then deletes it

After UN Watch’s protest was published, Richard Falk denied ever posting the anti-Semitic cartoon:

It is a complete lie. I know nothing about such a cartoon, and would never publish such a thing, ever.

Then he promptly deleted it and issued a non-apology apology. See the ridiculous exchange captured below, or on his blog. Continue reading ‘UN’s Falk denies posting anti-Semitic cartoon, then deletes it’

NGO Urges UN Rights Chief to Condemn Official’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon


GENEVA, July 6 — UN Watch, a Geneva-based monitoring group, today called on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to condemn the publication of an anti-semitic cartoon by Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Palestine.

“For the UN human rights system to be credible in the fight against racism, its own representatives must not be allowed to incite hatred and racial discrimination with impunity,” wrote UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, in a letter sent today to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Depicting Jews as dogs and bloodthirsty has a dark history,” said Neuer. “We urge Ms. Pillay to condemn this incitement to racism by a UN rights official, and to demand that Mr. Falk immediately remove the offending caricature and apologize.”

The full letter follows below. Continue reading ‘NGO Urges UN Rights Chief to Condemn Official’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon’

Hillel Neuer slams Richard Falk in UN debate for “9/11 inside job” remarks

UN Watch Statement
Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer, March 21, 2011
UN Human Rights Council, 16th Session
Agenda Item 7:  “Human rights situation in Palestine
and other occupied Arab territories”
Interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur Richard Falk

Mr. Falk,  why does your report fail to address the terrorism perpetrated by Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations?  The only reference to Hamas is in paragraph 18, where its members are described as victims. 

We note that on March 9, 2010, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted you as saying that the Palestinian Authority formally asked you to resign, citing the fact, as you put it, “that I’m a partisan of Hamas.”

We are concerned that your justifications for Hamas are integrally related to a broader pattern and practice in your work when it comes to terrorism, conflicting with the applicable Code of Conduct. Continue reading ‘Hillel Neuer slams Richard Falk in UN debate for “9/11 inside job” remarks’

Richard Falk endorses 9/11 “inside job” theory, interviewed in his official UN capacity

HOST: Hi, this is Dr. Kevin Barrett of Truth Jihad.Com. You may know me as the host of a certain controversial radio show, namely “The Kevin Barrett Show,” heard every Tuesday right here on No Lies Radio. No Lies Radio offers fearless and honest coverage of the 9/11 truth movement, and is a rapidly growing source of alternative news and information. Please help us continue to grow. You can support No Lies Radio, and my show, both by ordering either or both of my books as a thank-you gift with your donation, to No Lies Radio. These books, “Questioning the War on Terror,” and “Truth Jihad,” are collector’s editions that are personally autographed by yours truly. I urge you to go to the donate page at No Lies Radio.org, and make this happen. [musical interlude]

 Welcome, this is the Kevin Barrett Show; I’m your host, Kevin Barrett. My website is Truth Jihad.com. Every week here, I try to bring you the most important voices that aren’t being heard as widely as they should. And that certainly applies to today’s guest. One of the most illustrious people I’ve ever had as a repeat radio guest on this show, Richard Falk. Continue reading ‘Richard Falk endorses 9/11 “inside job” theory, interviewed in his official UN capacity’

Iowa University and Bank of the West Urged to Cancel Sponsorship of ‘9/11 Truther’ Condemned by UN Chief & Obama Administration

GENEVA, Feb. 4 – The University of Iowa, which receives $255 million a year from taxpayers, and Bank of the West, a major California bank, are being urged to withdraw sponsorship of a controversial speaker who was condemned last week by the United Nations and the Obama Administration for suggesting the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an “inside job” orchestrated by the U.S. government—a conspiracy theory he has promoted in numerous writings and interviews.

Richard Falk, who works for the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council as its investigator on “Israel’s violations of the principles of international law,” is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a symposium next Thursday, February 10, entitled “Ten Years After 9/11: Rethinking Counterterrorism,” organized by the university’s law and human rights departments.

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Condemned by UN Chief, Richard Falk Lashes Out at UN Watch

From: Press Info <press-info@ohchr.org>
Date: Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE – Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks
To: OHCHR-Geneva@ohchr.org, OHCHR-New York Office <OHCHR-New_York_Office@ohchr.org>, Field Presences <Field_Presences@ohchr.org>, Special Procedures Mandate Holders <Special_Procedures_Mandate_Holders@ohchr.org>

NEWS RELEASE

28 January 2011
Statement by Richard Falk, on recent personal attacks

GENEVA – UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Mr. Richard Falk, on Friday flatly denied recent allegations by a lobby group that “he had endorsed the conspiracy theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. Government and not Al Qaeda terrorists,” and expressed surprise and regret at the ensuing strong personal attacks made on his integrity.

“The pro-Israel group, UN Watch, that created this mess deliberately distorted comments I made, in my personal capacity, on my blog,” Falk said. “Not only that, they then deliberately connected it to my UN mandate on the Palestinian territories, and on that basis started calling for me to be fired from that position.”

“I wish to be absolutely clear,” Falk added. “I do not endorse the theory that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. What I did do, in my personal blog, in which I was discussing the differing perceptions that develop after political assassinations and deeply tragic events, including  the murder of Olaf Palme, the 9/11 attacks and the recent killings in Arizona, was argue that investigations must be, and must be seen to be, transparent, exhaustive and honest.”

Falk expressed his dismay that he had been accused of disrespect towards the memory of 9/11 and its victims and their families. “This was not my intention at all,” he said. “What I stressed is the importance of carefully examining evidence before drawing conclusions about political and legal responsibility for highly tragic events, in particular those that have grave consequences for human rights.”

“I am an academic. I believe in freedom of expression, and the freedom to openly debate even the most difficult issues. I have always been proud that the United States and the United Nations have been among the strongest advocates of freedom of expression,” Falk said. “I am therefore deeply disappointed and surprised by the calculated attack on myself as a person, and on my ability to act as a voice that is not afraid to speak up on the rights of Palestinians, in accordance with the mandate invested in me by the Human Rights Council.  The constant muzzling of serious and honest debate on the Palestinian issue in the United States and elsewhere has contributed immensely to the failure to resolve the tragic crisis there for more than half a century, to the detriment of us all.”

END

In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council designated Richard Falk (United States of America) as the fifth Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. The mandate was originally established in 1993 by the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Learn more about the mandate and work of the Special Rapporteur: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/countries/ps/mandate/index.htm

OHCHR Country Page – Occupied Palestinian Territories: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/PSIndex.aspx

OHCHR Country Page – Israel: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/ILIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact Nikki Siahpoush (Tel.: + 41 22 928 9430 / email: nsiahpoush@ohchr.org) or write to sropt@ohchr.org.

NGO Says Richard Falk Has “Zero Credibility,” Urges UN Chief to Fire Him

UN Chief “Condemns” UN Palestine Expert for
“Preposterous” Denial of 9/11 Terror Attacks

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2011 – On the eve of a U.S. Congressional hearing into the U.N. Human Rights Council, the controversial body’s Palestine expert, Richard Falk, was “condemned” today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his “preposterous” comments questioning whether the 9/11 terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government. Mr. Ban said Falk’s remarks were “an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attack.” Continue reading ‘NGO Says Richard Falk Has “Zero Credibility,” Urges UN Chief to Fire Him’




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