Israel to bar UN official for comparing Israelis to Nazis

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it won't grant a visa to a UN official investigating Israeli conduct toward the Palestinians after he compared Israelis to Nazis. Richard Falk is to take up his post with the UN Human Rights Council later this year. But the Foreign Ministry said it wouldn't give Falk a visa to enter Israel, Gaza or the West Bank before the council meets in September. At that meeting, Israel intends to ask the council to expand Falk's mandate to include investigating allegations of Palestinian human rights abuses against Israelis.