The Resident Anti-Semite of ‘The Nation’ and UC Santa Barbara

042613_otr_falk_640Universities and respectable publications wouldn’t dare to employ a Ku Klux Klansman or someone who spewed hatred against homosexuals.  If, however, it is Jews that someone speaks about, then the rules are different.

Richard Falk is a man who blames the Boston marathon terrorist attack on Israel (and America) – and shouldn’t be employed by government organizations, media or academic institutions.  That same man has claimed that the 9/11 World Trade Center attack was an American government conspiracy.  He posted on his website a blood-soaked dog eating bones, urinating on lady justice – wearing a yarmulke with a Jewish star.

While Richard Falk’s views are fitting (and probably required for his job) as “United Nations Human Rights Council Special Ambassador,” this is clearly conduct which should not be permitted by others. Falk’s most recent offensive comments saw him this week saying that if renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail, the UN General Assembly should turn to the International Court of Justice and seek an opinion on “the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of land claimed by the Palestinians.”  An anti-Semite suggests if one anti-Israel forum doesn’t hit Israel hard enough, let’s go to another.

While it is far from shocking to see anti-Israel and anti-American forces at work in the United Nations, one wonders how his other employers’ continue to employ him.

Falk is a member of the editorial board of The Nation, which claims to be “the flagship of the left,” the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States.  (Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said, “Once again, United Nations official Richard Falk has spewed more mean-spirited, anti-Semitic rhetoric, this time blaming the attacks in Boston on President Obama and the State of Israel. The United Nations should be ashamed to even be associated with such an individual.”)  If the UN should be ashamed, then why not The Nation? How can anyone allow someone with such horrific views to sit on their board? Lest one forget, for many years The Nation accepted advertisements from the Institute for Historical Review, which is devoted to Holocaust denial.

Richard Falk is a professor emeritus of international law and practice at Princeton University, and listed as a “Visiting Distinguished Professor” at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) a public research university.  While the school’s website informs visitors that the school is ranked as a top 10 among all American public universities, any so-called awards should be marred by highlighting Falk on the site.  (As David Horowitz has noted, there’s plenty of free speech at UCSB – except when it comes to conservative issues, or condemning “hatred of Israel and of Jews.”) Distinguished?

Falk has compared Israelis to Nazis and criticized Israel for the gall of keeping a terrorist, Islamic Jihad leader in protective custody. (Of course, if he were released and placed a bomb, Israel could be blamed.).

The United Kingdom, in a statement by its UN mission, noted last year (before this most recent incident) that this was “the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr. Falk’s anti-Semitic remarks. It is important to the U.K. that special rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr. Falk were unacceptable.” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Falk’s statements “undermine the credibility and work of the UN.” One could go on and on and on, but his record is clear. The United Nations Special Rapporteur is a gross and despicable racist and anti-Semite.

This PR firm CEO says immediately, The Nation and The University of California, Santa Barbara should cut all ties to Richard Falk. It is disgraceful to employ – and encourage – and pay someone with viewpoints like these.

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  • garyfouse

    Unfortunately, the whole UC system is full of people like Falk. Add to that the same situation in universities all over N America. What needs to be changed is the culture of the university itself. That is something that has been building up a half a century. Under Janet Napolitano, it will only get worse. We can, however, keep bringing this rot to the public’s attention.

    • Drakken

      Start by playing by the same tactics these leftards play by, then watch them really go ape about it.

  • herb benty

    Mr. Falk is just your garden variety cowardly leftist hater. His utter terror/ hate of our loving and Almighty Creator is somehow soothed by hating HIS people. It is impossible for him to be wrong…..or he would be a monster.

  • Ken Kelso

    Rickard Falk You.
    The Palestinians are never discriminated .
    Only the Terrorstinians the IDF catches while on their way to slaughter Jews on buses, disco’s and pizzeria’s
    That is Defence. NOT DISCRIMINATION
    What would you do if some Arab tried to murder your baby slitting its throat while asleep in his home bed?

  • Ken Kelso

    Virtually all of the Palestinians killed during these past 13 years were suicide bombers, terrorists killed in gun battles, dissidents lynched by fellow Arabs for their beliefs, women and children used as human shields by Hamas and Fatah” – and yes, dozens of people who were caught in the line of fire who were used by Hamas and Fatah as human shields.

    Few recall that when Israel began using aircraft to destroy terrorist facilities (following the massacre of Jewish shoppers at a Netanya mall) the Jews actually publicized the targets in advance, in order to minimize Arab civilian casualties.

    • Drakken

      Who bloody well cares about the arab casualties, they don’t warn us, so why in the bloody hell do we warn them? If the muslim arabs want to side with whatever organization that wants Israel eliminated, let them pay for it. Maybe after they loose a couple hundred thousand they might want to reevaluate their position.

  • Ken Kelso

    Mr Falk was upset that U.N watch has exposed Falk for the pro Jihadist terrorist he is.

    Timeline: Richard Falk’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Denial, and Non-Apology Apology.

    • June 29 – Richard Falk, the UN Palestine expert tasked by the Human Rights Council to investigate “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” posts a cartoon on his blog depicting a bloodthirsty dog wearing a Jewish religious headcovering.

    • July 6, 9:22 AM (California time) – UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights organization, exposedFalk’s publication of the cartoon, condemns its incitement to anti-Semitism, and calls on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to speak out.

    • July 6, 10:38 AM – Falk responds: “It is a complete lie. I know nothing about such a cartoon, and would never publish such a thing, ever.”

    • July 6, 10:54 AM – Falk deletes the cartoon. He explains: “Maybe I do not understand the cartoon, and if it offends in this way I have removed it from the blog. It may be in bad taste to an extent I had not earlier appreciated, but I certainly didn’t realize that it could be viewed as anti-semitic, and still do not realize.”

    • July 6, 1:42 PM – Falk is still unable to see any problem with the cartoon: “I did not perceive any racist connotations, and certainly no anti-semitic implications, and since it offends people I have removed it without understanding why.”

    • July 6, 2:30 PM – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, denounces Falk’s cartoon on the floor of the US Congress. Click here for text and video.

    • July 6, 3:41 PM – Falk points a finger at UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer: “Neuer consistently defames me, claiming I am a 9/11 conspiracy theorist when I am not, and so forth.”

    • July 6, approx. 5:00 pm – Falk issues an Apology for Unintentionally Posting Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Qaddafi Arrest Warrant Blog. “With apologies, I realize that the cartoon… had strongly anti-semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me… My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support… Beyond this, if we are to have a sustainable human future we must also make peace with nature, and treat animals with as much respect as possible… At the same time, I am quite aware that many of the messages were motivated to discredit me due to my views of Israeli policies and behavior.”

    • July 6, 7:54 PM – Falk admits to knowingly attacking the US: “I did realize that the cartoon was anti-American, but I did not realize that it was also anti-semitic.”

    July 7 – UN Watch called on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to lead efforts to fire Richard Falk. Click here for UN Watch press release.

  • Ken Kelso

    Falk caught in another lie.

    Falk claimed Israel was sexually abuses Palestinian kids” It turns out the Palestinians Falk listened to, were the one’s who made up the Jenin massacre hoax in 2002. Read this.
    March 22, 2011
    Latest Richard Falk slander: “IDF sexually abuses PalArab kids”
    Richard Falk has outdone himself again in his never ending quest to demonize Israel.

  • Matt McLaughlin

    i won’t read anything that confuses the foreign nation of Israel with Jew-hatred. The Balfour Declaration operated enshrouded in secrecy, gave no reasons for the Declaration, outlined
    no conditions – other than those in the Declaration itself – and expected no
    accountability. The Declaration was not debated in either of the Houses of
    Parliament and like most foreign policy issues, was never approved by the
    British legislature.

    Many Zionists were Jewish converts to evangelical
    Christianity who did much to shape the development of popular evangelical thinking in these matters. It was this Protestant religious discourse that
    marked the family backgrounds of many of the key members of the British
    political elite responsible for formulating the Balfour Declaration and the ultimate creation of Israel.

  • antioli

    People of the Left attack Israel but they also attack all white Americans.

    These leftists are the same people that created the racist theory of White Man’s
    privilege .

    Ask not for whom the freight trains rumble. They rumble to take you to “Death Camp”

    Famous last words,”It can’t happen here”