Conference of Presidents Calls for Removal of U.N. Rapporteur Richard Falk

Chairman Robert G. Sugarman and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations called on Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Human Rights Council President Remigiusz Henczel to “immediately dismiss Richard Falk as the Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the Middle East.”

“Mr. Falk has long been problematic and has proven himself to be unable to provide objective assessments and balanced reports,” they stated. “Mr. Falk has a long history of blatantly biased and distorted accounts, especially in regard to Israel.

“The most recent example was his annual Middle East report, which the European Union denounced as ‘inaccurate and biased.’ The EU statement asserted, ‘The EU continues to regret the unbalanced mandate of the special rapporteur and is also concerned that parts of the report include political considerations.’

“Previously, Mr. Falk made outrageous statements and allegations, including professing conspiracy theories that the United States was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and more recently that Israel is implicated in the Boston Marathon attack.

“While the secretary general and others have criticized Mr. Falk, it is long overdue that he be removed from employment at the United Nations,” Sugarman and Hoenlein continued.

“We support the call by the United States ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Eileen Donahoe, for Mr. Falk’s resignation. There has to be some limit, some point where the Council recognizes the damage being done to it and its mission.”