UN Watch: Richard Falk in breach of mandate

Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur for Palestinian human rights, could be removed from his post after reiterating the claim that 9/11 was engineered by the Americans in order to justify a global war against Islam.

UN Watch, established in 1993 to monitor the performance of the United Nations, is urging UN chief Ban Ki-moon, as well as UN Human Rights Council president Remigiusz Henczel, and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, to rebuke Falk following a controversial interview with Truth Jihad Radio.

Falk told Truth Jihad Radio that many who question “the official version of 9/11″ are being “intimidated,” making them “reluctant” 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.”

This is not the first time Falk has been at the center of controversy.  He has repeatedly accused the US government of being behind the 9/11 attacks and he recently blamed the Boston Marathon terrorist attack on “Tel Aviv” and “the American global domination project.”

He also supports Hamas, exonerates Palestinian suicide bombers and accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza and apartheid in Judea and Samaria. In July 2011, Falk posted a cartoon on his blog which depicted a bloodthirsty dog wearing a kippah. Most insidiously, he accuses the Jewish state of harboring “genocidal tendencies” and of planning a Palestinian “holocaust.”

His hideous comments have earned him a great deal of criticism. UN chief Ban Ki-moon has described Falk’s 9/11 conspiracy theory as “preposterous” and “an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic terrorist attack.” Earlier this month, the British government accused Falk of inciting anti-Semitism.

Interestingly, Falk’s fondness for Hamas has angered many Palestinians. In 2010, the Palestinian Authority tried to have Falk dismissed, accusing him of being a “partisan” of the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Falk’s comments at Truth Jihad Radio have only strengthened UN Watch’s resolve to remove Falk from his post as special rapporteur. According to UN Watch, Falk’s actions “breach his UN mandate and his obligations under UNHRC Resolution 5/2 to uphold the highest standards of integrity, probity, impartiality, equity, and good faith.”

UN Watch is urging people to support the new UN Watch Draft Resolution to fire Richard Falk. A prepared letter to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner, at:

http://www.unwatch.org/c.bdKKISNqEmG/b.1289215/k.8EE6/Take_Action/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1289215&aid=14432

A detailed breakdown of UN Watch’s Draft Human Rights Council Resolution to terminate the mandate of Falk can be seen here:

http://blog.unwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/Resolution-to-remove-Richard-Falk-A_HRC_23_L11.pdf

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