U.S. wants resignation of "anti-Israel" United Nations representative
UN rapporteur Richard Falk is facing calls to resign or be sacked after attacking an accredited non-governmental-organisation
America's ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, called for the resignation of UN rapporteur Richard Falk this Friday.
Falk was recently criticised for attempting to "justify" the Boston bombings and has been noted as a long-standing "anti-Israel" activist and 9/11 "truther" (those who believe 9/11 was an "inside job").
His fans are quick to cite Falk's work into the "Israeli occupation of Palestine", but Falk has landed himself in hot water on various occasions for trying to silence critics and some say, avoid transparency.
The UN watchdog, UN Watch, has now said that a "draft resolution to remove Falk has been published by the United Nations as an official document and will be put before the (Human Rights) Council when he addresses it tomorrow."
The calls came after Falk published a report in which he urged the UN Human Rights Council to investigate UN Watch, which he described as "a pro-Israel lobbying organisation accredited as an NGO."
In his report, which he is set to present to the rights council in Geneva early Monday, Falk accused UN Watch of launching "a smear campaign" against him, charging it "has issued a series of defamatory attacks demeaning his character, repeatedly distorting his views on potentially inflammatory issues."
But UN Watch chief Hillel Neuer hit back, calling on "UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to denounce Richard Falk's McCarthy-style attempt to have rogue regimes conduct a retaliatory 'investigation' of UN Watch, as a punishment for successfully exposing his gross misconduct."
Washington's representative to the council, Eileen Donahoe, supported UN Watch in her statement Friday, stressing that "the United States completely rejects and condemns the irresponsible call ... to investigate a legitimate and UN-accredited NGO."
"Mr. Falk's most recent statement, which he dramatically and recklessly included in an official UN document, ... once again starkly demonstrated that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur," she said, adding: "We once again call for his resignation."
Falk, a Princeton University international law professor who has labelled Israel's 2008 offensive against Gaza as "war crimes", also met harsh US and Israeli criticism after he last year urged a boycott of companies helping Israel's settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories.
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