Ambassador Susan Rice, who represents the US at the United Nations, demanded the dismissal of Richard Falk, a top UN official who recently sought to justify the deadly Boston Marathon bombings as a reaction to American policy towards the Mideast. Serving as the United Nations 'special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Falk implied that the bombings were the wages of an American "geopolitical fantasy of global domination," as well as its aliance with the state of Israel. Said Falk, “…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,” Falk wrote in an article published in Foreign Policy Journal.
Moreover, wrote Falk, the terrorist act in Boston is justified because of US policy towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.
Tweeting on April 23, Ambassador Rice - who President Obama passed over to fill in for the departing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - wrote “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.”
The Anti-Defamation League joined Rice in denouncing Falk, saying in a statement “It is outrageous that the U.N. Human Rights Council continues to support such a wildly conspiratorial and highly biased extremist as a reliable ‘expert.” Abraham Foxman of ADL wrote, “Richard Falk has given the Human Right’s Council yet another black eye and his continued affiliation with the international body only serves to undermine its credibility. His outrageous assertion that the Boston terror attack can be traced to U.S. and Israeli policy is not surprising, given his notorious record of anti-Israel and anti-American propaganda.”
Supporters of Israel have long denounced what they consider biased reports and anti-Israel statements emitted by Falk, who has likened Israel to Nazi Germany. They also point out what they consider his use of anti-Semitic imagery and his 2012 U.N. report which endorsed an official boycott of companies doing business with Israel.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has previously condemned Falk, but has stated that he is impotent as to his removal.
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