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Canada Calls for UN Official Richard Falk’s Dismissal After Accusing Israel of Genocide

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Richard Falk, the special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories with the U.N. Human Rights Council. Photo: U.N. Watch.

JNS.orgCanada has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to dismiss its special investigator, Richard Falk, over a recent statement accusing Israel of having “genocidal intentions” against the Palestinians in an interview on the Russia Today (RT) television network.

“When you target a group, an ethnic group and inflict this kind of punishment upon them, you are in effect nurturing a kind of criminal intention that is genocidal,” Falk told RT.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird called on the U.N. to dismiss Falk immediately.

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“Canada has previously called for Falk to be fired for his numerous outrageous and anti-Semitic statements and these comments underscore once more the complete and total absurdity of his service as a UN Special Rapporteur,” Baird said in a statement.

Falk has a long history of making anti-Israel and anti-American remarks, including the floating of conspiracy theories. Last spring, he drew widespread condemnation when he suggested that U.S. and Israeli policies were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

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