The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) stooped to an all time anti-Israel low with the appointment of Richard Falk as investigator on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories. Not only has he likened Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis and accused the Jewish state of genocidal tendencies but he has the added advantage of also being Jewish. In addition he is a professor of international law at Princeton University.
Falk is set to replace South African anti-Apartheid lawyer John Dugard, who has held the job for the past 7 years. Dugard was notorious for his assertion that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza resembles Apartheid. More recently he defended Palestinian use of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians as a legitimate form of resistance. How one wonders could the UNHRC have ever have found a worse candidate. But with Falk they have outdone themselves. The only more hurtful analogy for Israel than Apartheid is comparing it to Nazi Germany and Falk is a champion of this libel.
Last year in an article, Slouching Toward a Palestinian Holocaust, written at the request of the Turkish daily newspaper ZAMAN, Falk clearly articulates his extreme anti-Israel views. He begins by explaining why the Nazi Holocaust was as close to unconditional evil as has been revealed throughout the entire bloody history of the human species and then goes on to ask whether, given this, it is an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? His answer is an emphatic no. He writes
|‘the recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty... The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating in a collective tragedy.’|
He also likens the support of the leading democracies for Israel to the way the European democracies paid homage to Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games. It is this international support, he argues, that makes Israel’s actions far more serious than any of the genocides from Rwanda to Bosnia that have been committed since the Nazi Holocaust. He states
|‘But Gaza is morally far worse, although mass death has not yet resulted. It is far worse because the international community is watching the ugly spectacle unfold while some of its most influential members actively encourage and assist Israel in its approach to Gaza.’|
Personally I just don’t get how if mass death has not resulted it can be genocide let alone worse than Rwanda or Bosnia.
Not surprisingly Falk is also an apologist for Hamas. He claims that their leadership has revealed a willingness to move toward an acceptance of Israel’s existence if Israel would in turn agree to move back to its 1967 borders, implementing finally unanimous Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. And more importantly they have sought a ten-year truce with Israel, which is in Israel’s best security interests even more so than a peace agreement. I just don’t know what planet this guy lives on.
But worst of all Falk voices his strident opposition to Israeli actions as a Jew. As he puts it ‘it is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as ‘holocaust.’’ And it is that pain that will be used to immediately clear him of any charge of anti-Semitism.
And so the UNHRC has found their perfect upgrade for John Dugard. Boy, is it going to be a long 7 years. I guess the only hope is that the extremely radical nature of Falk’s message serves to effectively discredit what is otherwise on paper a very credible messenger.