UN Human Rights Council’s Palestine monitor Richard Falk has drawn connections
between the recent Boston Marathon bombing and US President Barack Obama’s
compliance with the State of Israel.
In an article titled “A Commentary
on the Marathon Murders” in the online Foreign Policy Journal, Falk, a
self-proclaimed advocate of 9/11 conspiracy theories, implies the Boston attack
was largely due to Obama’s recent trip to Israel.
“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,” he writes.
his essay, Falk compares the marathon bombing to the 2001 destruction of the
Twin Towers in New York City, saying that both incidents have led to America
embracing “Islamophobic falsehoods.”
He also mentions that the reason for
the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and strained relations
between the US and Arab nations is the “strong pushback by Israel and its
belligerent leader, [Prime Minister Binyamin] Bibi Netanyahu,” which has led to
Obama succumbing to the “ethos of Israel.”
He adds that this has led to
“accelerating backpedaling in relation to opening political space in the Middle
Falk describes Obama’s recent speech in Jerusalem during his visit
to the Middle East as a “love letter to the Israeli public” rather than a
demonstration of his belief in peace.
The comments have since been
condemned by various rights groups including the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and UN
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Ambassador
to the UN Susan Rice, UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said Falk’s
comments are a blatant justification for “terrorism, insulting the memory of
Boston’s dead and wounded, insulting the American people.”
“Here he goes
again,” said AJC executive director David Harris. “Given his public record, the
question is why Richard Falk still occupies a UN position. Is there no shame?”
B’nai B’rith International also called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights
Council, saying that his “latest string of inflammatory remarks – whether it be
on the Internet or in one of his ‘reports’ to the council – has no place in the
United Nations, and his continued presence at the UNHRC further undermines the
credibility of the system.”
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that he would not
condemn Falk for his essay, since he is “not responsible” for Falk’s
“independent views,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.
UN Watch said it was
confused and disappointed by the UN chief’s silence.