A senior U.N. official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, saying “powerful member states” pressured the world body and its chief with “vicious attacks and threats.”
A U.N. agency published a report written by lightning rod human rights expert Richard Falk that accuses Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people.
The United States on Monday welcomed the imminent departure of Richard Falk, a UN human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories whom Washington accused of being biased against Israel and spreading conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Canada has called for the removal of a top U.N. official who accused Israel of having “genocidal intentions” against Palestinians.
The United Nations human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories said on Tuesday he would not resign and accused critics of calling him anti-Semitic to divert attention from his scrutiny of Israeli policies.
A United Nations human rights investigator accused Israel on Monday of imposing collective punishment on 1.75 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and said that the enclave’s viability was at stake.
Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to shut down the watchdog organization UN Watch.
The American Jewish Committee denounced Richard Falk, a UN official, for what it claims is his assertion in an online essay that U.S. and Israeli policies were responsible for the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. UN Watch first reported on Falk’s comments.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon rejected on Wednesday remarks by a U.N. rights investigator, who suggested the Boston bombings were a response to U.S. foreign policy, and warned U.N. envoys that their public comments could undermine the world body’s credibility.
Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombing on “Tel Aviv.”