U.N. Promotes Israel Boycott

Richard Falk, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967, called on the UN General Assembly and civil society to take reprisal action in the form of boycotts against U.S. and other international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements. He made this recommendation in delivering a summary of his report on October 25th to the General Assembly’s Third Committee.

Falk called on civil society organizations “to vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction the businesses highlighted in this report.”

The companies Falk targeted for a concerted boycott include two U.S. companies – Caterpillar Incorporated and Motorola.

“All Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have been established in clear violation of international law,” Falk charged.

Falk argued that any businesses complicit in breaches of international humanitarian law – which he routinely accuses Israel of violating – “may be subject to criminal or civil liability. And this liability can be extended to individual employees of such businesses.”

Falk’s anti-Israeli bias drips from virtually every word he utters.  His latest report contained page after page of denunciations of Israel without mentioning even once continuing Palestinian acts of terrorism or blatant Palestinian violations of international human rights law, such as using civilian human shields and placing lethal weapons in mosques, hospitals and other locations frequented by civilians in Gaza.

When asked at a news conference following his report to the General Assembly Committee why his report was so one-sided, Falk asserted that his “mandate” included an examination of only Israel’s violations of international law.  In other words, Palestinian terrorism was out of scope.  Moreover, although he was willing in the abstract to condemn “indiscriminate violence” from all sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Falk blamed Israeli provocation for the incessant rocket attacks launched by Hamas and its jihadist allies from Gaza against civilian targets within Israel.

Indeed, Falk has become such an apologist for Hamas that even the Palestinian Authority thought he had gone too far and asked him a couple of years ago to resign his post, which he refused to do.

During the last several years, Falk has accused Israel of “apartheid,” “war crimes,” “gratuitous cruelties” and “ethnic cleansing” in Jerusalem.  I asked Falk at his news conference this week whether he would apply the same standard he was applying to Israel to Jordan’s well-documented ethnic cleansing and desecration of Jewish holy sites when it had illegally occupied East Jerusalem for nearly twenty years until the 1967 Six-Day War. This professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University pleaded ignorance of what happened during Jordan’s occupation and said that it was irrelevant anyway.

Although nominally a Jew himself, Falk has engaged in widely criticized anti-Semitic acts such as the posting last year of a cartoon showing a dog, with “U.S.A.” written on its body and wearing a Jewish headcover, devouring a bloody skeleton and urinating on a female figure symbolizing justice. Even UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, no fan of Israel herself, said that Falk had gone too far. She said the posting was “anti-Semitic” and “objectionable.”

Falk doesn’t have much regard for his country, the United States, either.  Accused of being a 9/11 truther, Falk said in one of his blog posts that “this is a country with a surfeit of moral and political pretensions” that “exhibits hubris to an alarming degree.”

Falk tried to explain in this same blog post how his views favoring the Palestinian position evolved:

I was drawn to the Palestinian struggle as a result of friendship with prominent Palestinian exiles while still a student. I formed a well-evidence belief that the U.S. Government and the organized Jewish community were responsible for the massive and enduring confiscation of Palestinian land and rights.

Falk claimed in his blog post that he was the target of unfair criticism for what he described as “his objective scrutiny and criticism” of Israeli policies.

Falk is anything but objective.  In calling for a boycott of Motorola, Caterpillar and other firms doing some business with Israeli settlements, for example, Falk has shed completely any semblance of acting as an objective “Rapporteur” and put on the mantle of an extremist anti-Israeli activist. He has embraced the agenda of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement, which has had Motorola and Caterpillar in its sight for years.  In fact, Falk had already embraced their agenda well before his latest report.  Falk’s name is listed on their website along with such radicals as Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Angela Davis and President Obama’s buddy Rashid Khalidi.

Whom would Falk and his “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” comrades be hurting if they succeeded in mobilizing a widespread boycott against a company such as Motorola Solutions?  The Israeli settlers might have to find other sources for mobile phones and other means for protecting their property in place of Motorola’s electronic detection systems.  But the real casualties might well turn out to be people in developing countries who could lose the life-saving benefits of access to Motorola’s technologies.  For example, Motorola Solutions provided digital communication systems for electrical power companies in Kenya and Nigeria. Doctors have used wireless service to deliver healthcare and medical services to rural India.  Falk’s boycott plan would end up amounting to collective punishment against the people of developing countries if those countries were to follow Falk’s boycott recommendation.

It is long past time for Richard Falk to take the suggestion of the Palestinian Authority and resign from his United Nations post.  The only problem is that someone even more biased than Falk would likely be appointed by the Islamist-dominated UN Human Rights Council to take his place.

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  • Chezwick

    Don't under-estimate the importance of what is occurring here, folks. The divestment/boycott campaign against Israel has permeated our churches, our universities, and now the UN. Even if it never gets legal sanction, the momentum will continue to gather. Either Israel will be compelled into concessions that endanger its security, or it will grow increasingly isolated. Either way, this is an existential threat in the making.

    Men and women of good will MUST fight this campaign, tooth and nail. The hypocrisy of the UN turning a blind eye to genocide in Sudan and northern Nigeria on the one hand, and obsessing over Israel on the other, cannot be allowed to escape public awareness.

    There is a perfect storm brewing, folks….Iran's acquisition of the bomb, the Arab Spring bringing heavy doses of Sharia and the corollary Jew-hatred to Israel's neighbors, and a pro-Muslim, US President who – if re-elected – has no more need to curry favors with Jewish voters and can freely pursue policies inimical to the interests of the Jewish State.

    • bkopicz

      You are absolutely correct.

  • crackerjacj

    Why go bashing Falk? Not one nation on the globe recognizes Israel's claim to West Jordan. The logical consequence of Israel's ongoing breech of almost every international rule concerning occupation is an international boycott of Israel.

    • Larry

      West Jordan? That's a new one, keep them coming, worm castings.

      Judea and Samaria, Arab occupied Israel should be cleared of Arab and Egyptian transplants and formally annexed by Israel. They should have done it in 1967, they should do it now. Punt the transplants back over the Golan, the Jordan, and the Sinai, and in the process flush the cesspit that the Egyptians created in Gaza.

      And for you, schlocky, et al, happy eternal nakba.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      West Pakistan is the UK.

  • bkopicz

    Richard Falk's psychopath hatred for Israel is well known and was of concern when he was appointed to the UN by Obama. These actions should come as no surprise to anyone; that's why Obama choose him. This is just another reason to vote Obama out of office.

    • Questions

      I can remember sitting in on a guest lecture by Falk back in the late 70s when he taught at Princeton. He was as crazy a radical then as he is now.

      • Ed Frias

        Thanks, can you tell us some of the stuff Falk was saying back then.?

  • maher

    The Arabs occupied peoples since the 7th century A.D. The nature of their rule never change: ethnic and religious cleansing. It still going on under our eyes.
    In 1925 the Chaldeans (non Arabs, non Muslims) were a majority in Iraq (British census); less than 1% today. Same for the Copts in Egypt,the Tamazights in Marocco, the Kabyles in Algeria.The black peoples of Africa (Sudan, Mauritania, Mozambique etc) are enslaved by the Arab occupiers.The Jews were indigenous to the region 2,000 years before the Arab occupation, zero today..
    The Arab occupation is not a result of any external agression. It is a murderous invasion they proudly call "the Arab conquest". The Arab occupation is just a huge cesspool.
    So schmuks like crakerjacj are lecturing us about what?

  • Schlomotion

    Joseph Klein deliberately left out that the Obama Administration denounced Richard Falk and instead chose to kiss Israel's rear end and use the Hasbara talking point:

    "Mr. Falk’s recommendations do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace.”

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/10/26/311039

    Mr. Klein is a dishonest writer.

    • Advocatus

      Look who's talking. Do you consider yourself an honest commentator, Schlo? Don't. Not unless you consider someone with acute anti-Jewish derangement syndrome as "honest".

      Then again, knowing what an ill-informed phony hypocrite you are with all the entertainment value of a broken record, you no doubt celebrate yourself as a paragon of contrarian wisdom.

      So feel free to pat yourself on the head. Attaboy.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Shariamotion, Stop kissing Osama bin Ladens ass. It ain't sanitary.

    • Ghostwriter

      It's you who's the dishonest one,Slugmotion,not Joseph Klein. You'd kiss Bin Laden's rancid ring every day of the week. In this case,President Obama made the right call to ignore Richard Falk. But,mostly he's treated Israel terribly. But,that's what we expect from FPM's number one Jew hater.

    • maher

      Obama denounced (takya?) Falk but millions of your likes (schmucks) acclaimed him. Don't worry,, Shariacomotion, you'll find Falk again in the next anti-israeli UN sponsored hoax!

    • Omar

      If the current administration really defended Israel, then why do only 4% of Israelis have a positive opinion of the Obama administration? It doesn't make sense at all.

  • Bert

    The real blame belongs to our corrupt Jewish leaders in both Israel and the U.S. They are secularists and cowards who are afraid to tell the simple truth in support of Jewish rights to the land. The League of Nations under the Palestine Mandate established the right of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel. That is the correct international law. Our own corrupt leaders have accepted the lie of Palestinian claims and the lie of "occupied territory". We have given our mortal enemies the political weapon to justify endless warfare against Israel. Netanyahu and his corrupt gang continues to betray Jewish rights.

    • aspacia

      am a strong Israel supporter and secularist. We do not have a Church of USA for a very good reason–remember the centuries long bloodbath between Catholics and Protestants. The Puritans and Pilgrims were fleeing religious persecution.

      A Deist,

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        God Damn "rev" jeremiah wright and his fascist church of satan.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Our own corrupt leaders have accepted the lie of Palestinian claims and the lie of "occupied territory""

      One word: Oil

  • Marty

    This is the un at its most hideous. It is a corrupt and worthless organization capable only of applauding anti-semitic tyrants and buffoons and condemning political regimes that actually uphold the rule of law and individual freedom. As part of the BUYCOTT Israel program I've purchased shares in Caterpillar and Motorola. I've also documented over the years for a lot of college students that the un is destructive of human rights, controlled by a cohort of islamist and socialist dictatorships that destroy their own citizens on a daily basis, and should be removed from American soil as soon as possible.

  • pierce

    I would not put too much faith in the Unite Nations. I wish it were, but it is not the most objective organization on this earth. It would be better off moving its HQ to some other place on the planet.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Move the UN to Mecca. UN Infidels can have the run of Mecca.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I like the idea. That would clear up quite a bit of confusion about loyalties I hope.

  • Drakken

    Falk and his ilk will never quit their anti-western behavior unless they are made to do so. Leftist are really brave when there are no reprecussions. Maybe it is time to give them some.

    • john mcintosh

      amen to that

  • Indioviejo

    To Israel Iran is an existential threat. To US administration, it is just foreign policy, so let Israel do what it needs in order to survive.

  • danseagull

    FALK IS AN IDIOT , BUT THE TRUE PROBLEM IS THIS NUT HOUSE THAT , FOR POLITICALLY CORRECT REASONS , IS CALLED THE UNITED NATIONS ! THE TIME IS LONG OVER DUE FOR THE U.N. TO GO . AND FALK CAN GO WITH THEM !!

  • Sunbeam

    Israel must not take the words of Iran too lightly. For it has repeatedly call for the destruction of Israel and its people from the map. Why the world were mum about this? Why the world did not stand up against this Iran threat it repeatedly made against the state of Israel? I find this threat to be outrageous and would not think of discounting it out. Israel must defend itself from this aggression before it really took root into it. I believe Iran is building an atomic bomb capable of threats to the West and the World and not Israel alone. It is playing and buying time, not caring of its own citizens welfare or livelihood even though the sanctions imposed by the World Body doesn't moved them at all. Its people are suffering and yet they're ever so determine in their recourse. This is utterly regrettable. .

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Remind islamofascist pigs that Mecca is smaller than Israel.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Falk is a political twin of Chomsky, simply operating with slightly more stealth.

  • devdeep

    west bank is judea, judea is israel, what the **** is west jordan?