EU Slams Falk as Biased at UNHRC. Will Media Take Note?

June 11, 2013

The Jerusalem Post reports the European Union took a strong stand against United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteur Richard Falk, denouncing as inaccurate and biased a report against Israel which he delivered to the body in Geneva on Monday. “The EU continues to regret the unbalanced mandate of the Special Rapporteur and is also concerned that parts of the report include political considerations. In the past, the EU emphasized that future reports should be based on a more factual and legal analysis, and we regret to see no genuine progress in that direction,” it said. “The council needs to be provided with accurate, factual information and solid allegations to fulfil its role and address the human rights situation in occupied Palestinian territory,” the EU said.

UN Watch has exposed many of Falk’s misdeeds and has campaigned for his termination from the UN. Indeed, the Palestinian Authority itself called for Falk’s resignation on that grounds that he was a partisan of Hamas. Falk published a racist cartoon showing a bloodthirsty dog wearing a Jewish religious head-covering and endorsed a book which attacked Israel, and made attacks against Jews and Judaism. The material Falk endorsed was so offensive that 20 Palestinian activists, including Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah, founder of the Electronic Intifada, denounced the book and its author for racism and anti-Semitism.

Falk’s belief in and promotion of fantastical conspiracy theories garnered this reaction from Secretary General Can Ki-Moon who stated: “Recently, there was a Special Rapporteur who suggested there was an apparent cover-up in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. I want to tell you, clearly and directly. I condemn this sort of inflammatory rhetoric. It is preposterous – an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic terrorist attack.”

Clearly, such behavior is inconsistent with the principles of the United Nations and those of good conscience. Yet, in describing Falk, many media routinely trumpet Falk’s Princeton credentials and make no mention of his controversial, biased and racist behavior. Now that the EU has once again called Falk out on the carpet, will the media follow suit?


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