After United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), published a report accusing Israel of being an “apartheid regime,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley demanded it be withdrawn. When it was rather quickly pulled, ESCWA Executive Secretary/Jordanian diplomat Rima Khalaf, one of its authors, resigned.
The other author was Richard Falk, former U.N. special rapporteur to the Palestinian territories. An American who believes 9/11 was an inside job and that the U.S. deserved the Boston Marathon bombing, Falk has a history of anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements.
The report accusing Israel of apartheid was immediately and rightfully rebuked by Ambassador Haley; even U.N. Secretary General António Guterres renounced it.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that “the report as it stands does not reflect the views of the secretary-general and was done without consultations with the U.N. secretariat.”
Based in Beirut, the ESCWA’s membership is comprised entirely Arab entities, 18 in all (with Palestine counted as country). Six member states are not in Asia at all, but in northern Africa.
Falk contends he bears no ill will against Jews, but that belies the facts. In 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron “strongly condemned” Falk for publishing a cartoon showing a dog wearing a yarmulke with a Jewish star, along with a USA shirt as it urinated on Lady Justice and chewed on a dead body. Falk initially denied it was anti-Semitic, but finally apologized to ease the pressure.
In another example of Falk’s attitude toward Jews, he gave a glowing cover endorsement for the anti-Semitic book, “The Wandering Who?” which the said was an “absorbing and moving” book that everyone who “cares about real peace” should “not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely.”
After reading this book, Attorney Alan Dershowitz pointed out its many anti-Semitic assertions, including:
• While the Holocaust “was not at all a historical narrative,” the “accusations of Jews making matzoh out of young Goyim’s blood,” may be true (page 175, 185).
• Jews caused the recent credit crunch, which the author calls “the Zio-punch” (page 22).
• The American media “failed to warn the American people of the enemy within” because of money (page 27).
• “[M]ore and more Jews are being pulled into an obscure, dangerous and unethical fellowship” (page 21).
• If Iran and Israel fight a nuclear war that kills millions of people, “some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all’ ” (page 179).
alk’s support of false and hateful charges about Jews isn’t limited to his praise of one anti-Semitic book. As reported by U.N. Watch, Falk’s blog is loaded with “crude anti-Semitic comments” written by contributors Falk defends, praises, and refuses to remove.
• “The Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] is an uncannily accurate description of what is happening right now.”
• “The world is beginning to understand just how toxic Jewish religious practice and cultural indoctrination really is.”
• “Judaism is a pyramid scheme of social shaming leading to great accumulation of wealth by those at the apex.”
There are many more where these came from.
Falk’s report diminished the horrors of apartheid by using it inappropriately to make false charges against Israel. He has made similar inappropriate references to the Holocaust to make false charges against Israel. When Falk was first appointed to his U.N. Human Rights Council job, Kathy Shaidle reported in Front Page Magazine:
“Yitzhak Levanon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, responded to Falk’s appointment by recalling some of the professor’s most notorious writings, including his unapologetic use of the word ‘holocaust’ to ‘portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel.’
“The charge [against Falk] is well founded. In a July 2007 article titled “Slouching Toward a Palestinian Holocaust,” Falk rhetorically asked whether it was “an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity?”
Falk’s revealing answer: “I think not.”
“Demonstrating that he was incapable of evaluating Israeli policy with balance — as his new U.N. post would seem to require — Falk proceeded to condemn Israeli policies as a “holocaust-in-the-making” and deplored what he called the “genocidal tendencies” of the Jewish state.
Falk is also a 9/11 “truther.” When he worked at the United Nations he wanted an investigation as to whether “some sort of controlled explosion from within” destroyed the Twin Towers, telling FOXNews:
“I do think there are questions that haven’t been answered, questions about the way the buildings collapsed and the failure to heed a variety of signals that there was danger coming,”
Falk denied that he disagreed with the official (and truthful) account of 9/11, and said the references to him as a “truther” were made to divert “attention from my criticisms of Israel’s occupation policies in the Palestinian territories.”
But any examination of Falk’s statements and actions since 9/11 verify that he has tried to convince people that the “real” story of 9/11 is unknown and needs to be investigated. He appeared on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio show more than once, making claims such as this:
“Questioning that deeply the official version of 9/11 does touch the third rail of American political sensitivities, and there is an attempt to discredit and destroy anyone that makes such a bold statement. This has intimidated a lot of people, and makes people more reluctant than they might otherwise be to raise these suspicions about how to understand that transformative event that has been used to project American power around the world and to engage in these very destructive and dysfunctional wars, Iraq and Afghanistan being the main examples.”
In an op-ed in the April 22, 2013 edition of Foreign Policy Journal, titled “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders,” Falk contended that the U.S., because of its fantasy of global domination, belief that Islamist terrorists were behind 9/11, and its friendship Israel, got what it deserved in Boston.
In a 2003 article titled “Will the Empire be Fascist?” Falk cites “unaccountable military power,” “uncritical and chauvinistic patriotism,” and “an authoritarian approach to law enforcement” as indicators of America’s move toward fascism. Less than two years after 9/11, Falk’s article claimed other examples of a slide toward fascism include “periodic alarmist warnings of mega-terrorist imminent attacks that fail to materialize,” and the role of Attorney General John Ashcroft, “who seems to exult in an authoritarian approach to law enforcement.”
In a New York Times piece called “Trusting Khomeini,” published nine months before America’s Iran embassy personnel were taken hostage, Falk contented that Americans were giving the Ayatollah a bad rap:
“More even than any third world leader, he has been depicted in a manner calculated to frighten. President Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski have until very recently associated him with religious fanaticism. The news media have defamed him in many ways, associating him with efforts to turn the clock back 1,300 years, with virulent anti-Semitism, and with a new political disorder, ‘theocratic fascism’.”
The craziest part of all of this is that Richard Falk is both American and was born Jewish. I cannot begin to explain why he hates his country and faith so much. Regardless, Richard Falk is a Jew-hating Jew who does not love or appreciate the United States, the country that allowed him to live in freedom, and utter his hateful thoughts.