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UN expert under fire ahead of Palestinian rights report
Published Monday 10/06/2013 (updated) 11/06/2013 20:32
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Palestinian territories expert Richard Falk gives a speech
on July 24, 2005. (AFP/Cem Turkel)
GENEVA (AFP) -- A pro-Israel group said Sunday that it, with backing from Washington, would call on the UN's top rights body to dismiss a top official after he demanded an investigation of the organisation.

"UN Watch's draft resolution to remove (Richard) Falk has been published by the United Nations as an official document and will be put before the (Human Rights) Council when he addresses it tomorrow," the group said in a statement.

US ambassador to the Human Rights Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe also called for Falk's departure in a statement Friday.

The calls came after the outspoken expert on the rights situation in the Palestinian territories published a report in which he urged the council to investigate UN Watch, which he described as "a pro-Israel lobbying organisation accredited as an NGO."

The group has repeatedly attacked Falk in the past for alleged anti-Israel bias, and launched a recent campaign to highlight comments he had made that could be interpreted as justification of the Boston marathon bombing.

In his report, which he is set to present to the rights council in Geneva early Monday, Falk accused UN Watch of launching "a smear campaign" against him, charging it "has issued a series of defamatory attacks demeaning his character, repeatedly distorting his views on potentially inflammatory issues."

He called on the 47-member rights body to investigate UN Watch "to determine whether it qualifies as an independent organisation that operations ... and is not indirectly sponsored by the government of Israel."

UN Watch chief Hillel Neuer hit back, calling on "UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to denounce Richard Falk's McCarthy-style attempt to have rogue regimes conduct a retaliatory 'investigation' of UN Watch, as a punishment for successfully exposing his gross misconduct."

Donahoe supported the group in her statement Friday, stressing that "the United States completely rejects and condemns the irresponsible call ... to investigate a legitimate and UN-accredited NGO."

"Mr. Falk's most recent statement, which he dramatically and recklessly included in an official UN document, ... once again starkly demonstrated that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur," she said, adding: "We once again call for his resignation."

Falk, a Princeton University international law professor who has labelled Israel's 2008 offensive against Gaza as "war crimes", also met harsh US and Israeli criticism after he last year urged a boycott of companies helping Israel's settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories.

The report he is set to present Monday takes Israel to task for a long line of alleged abuses, many linked to its "illegal blockade of Gaza," an area likened to "a large open-air prison in which the inmates control the interior while the guards control the perimeter."
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1 ) Punk Opinion / Wherever
10/06/2013 15:00
FU*K israel...!!!

2 ) @ The Editor / Less Hate & More Truth
10/06/2013 16:02
Please try to Spread Less Hate & More Truth in your articles, by:
- NOT facilitating racist HATE, like "FU*K israel" (Comment #1), and also
- Including more background TRUTH, like Mr Falk recently claimed
"Israel was to blame for the terror attack at the Boston marathon !!

3 ) samar / jenin
10/06/2013 16:56
Those who killed (Count Folk Bernadotte) are those who threaten Falk today (Jewish and American terrorists).

4 ) Mel / USA
10/06/2013 17:24
BRAVO Prof Faulk! This brave man has global consensus behind him & Zionism's racist dogs just hate it when anyone STANDS UP AGAINST THEM &speaks truth to their CORRUPT power! AIPAC,ZOA,CAMERA,WINEP,JINSA, etc are the racist,bigotted Foreign Political Organizations,which should be SHUT DOWN &expelled from US,stat. What you gunna do McCarthy-Israel? Round up ALL anti-Zionist speakers? Just like HITLER's thugs did TOO?That's how he filled the CAMPS too!With BRAVE dissidents,of ALL faiths&none!

5 ) @ The Editor - Again / From the Grave
10/06/2013 21:38
Try to Spread Less Hate & Lies in your articles, by NOT printing lies,
like Comment #3's "Those who killed Count Folk Bernadotte in 1948
(and are now very old or dead) are those who threaten Falk today",
since such a threat would have to come from their graves !!

6 ) ian / australia
10/06/2013 23:33
Witness rabid chutzpah in action. "...Richard Falk's McCarthy-style attempt to have rogue regimes conduct a retaliatory 'investigation' of UN Watch, as a punishment for successfully exposing his gross misconduct", "...campaign to highlight comments he had made that could be interpreted as justification of the Boston marathon bombing." Ouch! What nice folks at UN Watch. Looks like Prof. Falk has hit the nail on the head on this one.

7 ) Samira / USA
10/06/2013 23:56
Courageous great man. He knew exactly what he was up against, yet, he was not afraid to speak the truth about the situation. All I can say, we need more people like him in this corrupt ugly world we live in.

8 ) afpwatch / .ps
11/06/2013 00:33
muCh Respect Richard FalK

9 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
11/06/2013 00:55
Richard Falk is absolutely right; UN Watch is a Zionist lobby group directly linked to and funded by the American Jewish Committee. www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=UN_Watch

10 ) samira / USA
11/06/2013 03:24
America, Israel and their cronies don't like honest people. They purposely hand pick and buy corrupt crooks to run the United Nations to carry on their biased dirty work!

11 ) gabi / australia
11/06/2013 03:43
#1 and 5 - think, mate. "Those who killed Folke Bernadotte" were extreme Zionists. They still live. Count Bernadotte was responsible for saving hundreds of Jews, and the thanks he got was assassination. They also killed Lord Moyne, remember. And some of their own in the in King David Hotel bombing. And those terrorists were recently applauded by Netanyahu. Yes, they still live.

12 ) @ Gabi-11 / Think Yourself
11/06/2013 17:20
You should try "thinking" more for yourself.
The Hebrews of Today are not the Hebrews of Abraham's time.
- We simply don't live to be 100 years anymore.
So, if they were about 20 years old, in 1948 (65 years ago),
then they are about 85 years old today, and so even
if "they still live", they are too feeble & elderly to kill anyone.
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