Monday, January 28, 2013
UN's Falk Compares Hamas to French Resistance During WWII
The United Nation's Special Rapporteur on the PA Territories, Richard Falk, has once again illustrated his lack of objectivity and deep bias against the State of Israel by comparing Hamas terrorists to French resistance fighters during World War II.
Richard Falk, who has become notorious for his blatantly anti-Israel views, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website, The Jewish Chronicle reported.
In the article, which included repeated condemnations of the Jewish State, Falk asked his audience to "imagine the situation being reversed as it was during the Nazi occupation of France or the Netherlands during World War Two".
"Resistance fighters were uniformly perceived in the liberal West as unconditional heroes, and no critical attention was given as to whether the tactics used unduly imperiled innocent civilian lives," he said.
"Those who lost their lives in such a resistance were honored as martyrs,” he said. “[Khaled] Mashaal and other Hamas leaders have made similar arguments on several occasions, in effect asking what are Palestinians supposed to do in the exercise of resistance given their circumstances, which have persisted for so long, given the failures of traditional diplomacy and the U.N. to secure their rights under international law."
Falk also described the Western media as "stunningly oblivious to these complications of perception, almost never disclosing Israeli provocations in reporting on the timelines of the violence of the parties". He said it "fails to acknowledge that it has been the Israelis, not the Palestinians, that have been most often responsible for ending periods of prolonged truce," The Jewish Chronicle reported.
Falk has repeatedly called for boycotts against the State of Israel and others that engage in business with the Jewish State.
"Businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise -- should be boycotted until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards," he said in October.
The U.S. representative to the U.N., Susan Rice, said in a statement at the time that Falk's boycott call was "irresponsible and unacceptable."
“Mr. Falk’s recommendations do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace,” said Rice. “His continued service in the role of a U.N. Special Rapporteur is deeply regrettable and only damages the credibility of the U.N.”