October 26, 2012 – New York – AJC praised the strong American and Canadian denunciations of the call by Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, to boycott private companies doing business with Israeli communities in the West Bank.
“We applaud the U.S. and Canadian governments for recognizing the strongly biased nature of Mr. Falk’s views and his ongoing efforts to use the UN to attack Israel,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “If there ever was an example of a bad appointment to a high profile position in an international organization, Mr. Falk is it. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon should find a way to replace him at the earliest possible moment.”
Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, said that Mr. Falk’s “continued service in the role of a UN Special Rapporteur is deeply regrettable and only damages the credibility of the UN.”
“Falk’s recommendations do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace,” Rice stressed, and added that “throughout his tenure as Special Rapporteur, Mr. Falk has been highly biased and made offensive statements, including outrageous comments on the 9/11 attacks.”
Falk has claimed in his own writing that "awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations" fuel suspicions that the United States staged the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ’ “What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations,” wrote Falk.
Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird called on “Falk to either withdraw this biased and disgraceful report — or resign from his position at the United Nations.”