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April 25, 2013 2:57 pm

U.S. and Canada Call for Removal of Richard Falk after He Blames Boston Marathon Bombings on U.S. and Israel

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Richard Falk (pictured), a special rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council, blamed the Boston Marathon explosions on the U.S. and Israel. Photo: UN Watch.

Officials from both the United States and Canada have called for the dismissal of Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, who earlier attempted to blame the Boston Marathon bombings on the U.S. and Israel.

Falk wrote in Foreign Policy Journal:

“The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the postcolonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen.”

He added: “[…]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.”

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He also criticized U.S. President Barack for “succumbing to the Beltway ethos of Israel First.”

“Outraged by Richard Falk’s highly offensive Boston comments. Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the UN. Past time for him to go,” U.S.  Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice wrote on Twitter.

“The United States has previously called for Mr. Falk’s resignation for his numerous outrageous statements, and these comments underscore once more the absurdity of his service as a U.N. special rapporteur,” Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for U.S. mission to the United Nations, said in a statement.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, condemned Falk’s comments and called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to “immediately” remove Falk from his position.

“Once again, United Nations official Richard Falk has spewed more mean-spirited, anti-Semitic rhetoric, this time blaming the attacks in Boston on President Obama and the State of Israel,” Baird said in a statement.

“The United Nations should be ashamed to even be associated with such an individual.”

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Wednesday that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon rejects Falk’s comments, which could undermine the UN’s credibility and work.

“The secretary general immediately condemned the Boston Marathon bombing and he strongly believes that nothing can justify such an attack,” Nesirky said.

The British mission to the UN also expressed its concern and noted that this is “the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr. Falk’s anti-Semitic remarks. It is important to the U.K. that special rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr. Falk were unacceptable.”

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  • Frankly, I think the US and Canada should BOTH withdraw from the UN. The US should then seize the building *a Marine regiment should suffice for the job* and then let all non-Mohammedan diplomats leave peacefully. Hold all the Mohammedan nations’ diplomats for a ransom of $18T (that should about clear out the National Debt of the United States of America), and/or for the safe departure of all US Diplomats from the Mohammedan world. Once all our diplomats are safely back on US territory, we then release all diplomats from the Mohammedan nations and send them packing. Then we develop our own petroleum resources (The United States and Canada, I’ve been told, each have greater reserves than Saudi Arabia: We just don’t use them as we should); in addition, sell no foodstuffs to the aforementioned nations.

    They want to play fast and loose with petroleum, then we ought to play the same game with food. I daresay it’s easier to get petroleum out of the ground in the central parts of North America and offshore than it is to grow sufficient food for millions of people in a desert of sands.

    Just a thought.

  • Zach Pontz

    Phan-Thanks for the editing advice! Sometimes mistakes slip through! But I think, in general, the point still got through.

  • Raymond in DC

    The US pays some 22% of the funding for the UN’s misnamed Human Rights Council. Bush understood what a nest of vipers the HRC was and boycotted it. Obama rejoined that body and resumed funding it. What’s it going to take before he realizes how wrong that was?

  • Luigi Rosolin

    The UN that keep such distorted mind, He shall been dismiss immediately. Privately every one can think of conspiracy, but for professional reporter stating such unfounded news and proved completely wrong must go.
    I doubt that UN corruption and ideological pour standing will sack him.

  • Zach, your second quote of Falk is incorrect:

    1. You begin the quote with “As long as Tel Aviv,” as if that were the beginning of the sentence. It isn’t. It’s the second half of a sentence, and so the fragment you quote is an incomplete thought.

    Why won’t you quote the first half of the sentence? In fact, for clarity, you should also quote the sentence preceding that as well. Then it becomes clear that Falk wasn’t blaming the Boston attack on Israel at all.

    2. Falk did not write “and criticized U.S. President Barack for…”

    You should fix the formatting while you correct the preceding sentence.

    http://richardfalk.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/clarifying-boston-marathon-post/

    http://richardfalk.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/a-commentary-on-the-marathon-murders/#comment-13097

    Also, if you really want to quote Falk, perhaps you should also quote the following statements where Falk stresses that he was NOT blaming the US or Israel for the Boston attack:

    And while you’re at it, read this report about all the deliberate distortions made about Falk’s article:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/supporters-bombing-rapporteur.html

  • BH in Iowa

    Our tax money is paying for this trash.

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