Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombings on “Tel Aviv.”
“[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, the council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, wrote in an op-ed posted to the online Foreign Policy Journal on April 23.
Falk, who has said the George W. Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, also called the Boston attack “retribution” for the actions of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
In recent months, Falk published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog and called for a boycott of Israel.
B’nai B’rith International called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights Council.
Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, sent letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, calling on them to condemn Falk’s “odious and preposterous” remarks.
U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq, according to UN Watch, called Falk “an independent expert” and said Ban “did not appoint him and is not responsible for his views, which he has criticized in the past.” — jta