Once again a vituperative Israel-hater is given a bully pulpit (he’s the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 – yes, that’s actually the name of his position) for inciting world hatred against Israel. This time the UN official – Richard Falk, a Princeton professor, and a Jew (at least by chance, probably not by choice) is calling for economic sanctions unless Israel removes any efforts to protect itself from Gazans dedicated to its destruction.
How bad is Falk? He was barred from entering Israel a year ago – when Ehud Olmert was PM, not the current “hardliner” – because he compared Israelis to Nazis, saying the Gaza “closure” was the same as the Warsaw Ghetto.
And yes, he also hates the US. During his tenure with the UN Human Rights Council he called for a fresh investigation into the 9/11 attacks in order to examine the possible role that “neocons” may have played in the attacks. And it isn’t only the neocons he points his finger at – Falk also wrote a laudatory introduction to a book claiming that George Bush and other “elites” in the US administration very likely played a role in the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, when publicly asked at a UN session to state whether he ever made the statements ‘that no plane hit the Pentagon,’ and that ‘the World Trade Center was brought down by a controlled demolition’? Falk did not respond.
WHAT TO DO? We don’t think there is much point complaining to the UN, as he is their point man on these issues. What you CAN do is be prepared to write letters to papers that present his latest attacks on Israel and set them straight on Falk’s record. Tell your friends about it. Send this information around so that people who don’t already “get it” can see what a farce the UN is and how blatant is its anti-Israel animus.
AND write to the US Ambassador to the UN, telling her to exercise good moral judgment and denounce Falk’s bias and inflammatory attacks. Of course, she’s not likely to share our position, but the more she hears from interested citizens perhaps the more she will at least be careful about how she comports herself. Here’s her contact info:
Ambassador Susan Rice
Permanent Mission to the United Nations
799 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3505
(212)415-4000; fax: (212)415-4443