U.S. Glad to See U.N.’s Falk Go

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -

The United States on Monday welcomed the imminent departure of Richard Falk, a U.N. human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories whom Washington accused of being biased against Israel and spreading conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In a statement to Reuters, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power condemned what she described as “Falk’s relentless anti-Israeli bias, his noxious and outrageous perpetuation of 9/11 conspiracy theories.”

“His publication of bizarre and insulting material has tarnished the U.N.’s reputation and undermined the effectiveness of the Human Rights Council,” she said. “The United States welcomes Mr. Falk’s departure, which is long overdue.”

Power broadened her criticism to include the 47-nation Human Rights Council. “It is beyond absurd that the only country that has a standing place on the Human Rights Council’s agenda is not Syria, not North Korea, and not Iran, but Israel,” she said.