US rejects call for boycott by UN Rapporteur Falk

By JTA
October 27, 2012 06:32

 
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The Obama administration slammed UN special rapporteur Richard Falk's call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise.

Susan E. Rice, the US permanent representative to the United Nations, in a statement Friday called Falk's boycott call "irresponsible and unacceptable."

Falk called for the boycott in a report Oct 25 to the UN General Assembly. “The businesses highlighted in the report -- as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise -- should be boycotted until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,” Falk said.

“Mr. Falk’s recommendations do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace,” said Rice in her statement. “His continued service in the role of a UN Special Rapporteur is deeply regrettable and only damages the credibility of the UN.”

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