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May 8, 2014 5:42 pm

U.N. Human Rights Council Appoints Pro-Palestinian Diplomat to Replace Falk

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JNS.org The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed pro-Palestinian Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono to a new six-year term as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”

Wibisono, who served as Indonesian ambassador to the U.N., replaces Richard Falk, who was widely criticized for his anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American views. The decision to appoint Wibisono comes after a lengthy process that saw the emergence of several candidates, including early front-runner Christina Cerna—an international human rights lawyer from Georgetown University who was seen as neutral on the Arab-Israeli conflict but was rejected by the sizable Arab-Muslim voting bloc in the UNHRC.

Wibisono has made several controversial statements on Israel. In a 2006 statement to the UNHRC, he described Israel as showing “ruthless contempt for the lives of the innocent,” and perpetrating “callous attacks against terrorized and defenseless civilians,” according to Fox News.

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