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UN Watch Briefing

Issue 470

N THIS ISSUE:
 
► UN's Pro-Hamas Richard Falk Calls for "Legitimacy War" Against Israel, But Complains: "The Ultra-Zionist UN Watch Complicated My Task"

► Video: UN Watch on CTV, Opposed Election of China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council

► Scandal: UN Job Application Points to Pro-Palestinian Bias, Watchdog Says

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UN's Pro-Hamas Richard Falk Calls for ‘Legitimacy War’ Against Israel, But Complains: ‘The Ultra-Zionist UN Watch Complicated My Task’ 

FALK: ‘Even Human Rights Watch buckled under when pressured by UN Watch, invoking a technical rule to obtain my immediate removal’

In a new interview, Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council's permanent investigator on "Israel's violations of international law," explained the strategy of his "legitimacy war" against Israel—but complained that UN Watch "complicated my task."

According to Falk, "extremely defamatory attacks by UN Watch"—which he described as "an ultra-Zionist, ultra-Israeli organization"—succeeded in getting him "attacked" by the American ambassadors in New York and Geneva, "and by the UN Secretary-General, actually, on a couple of occasions."

Falk is upset that UN Watch exposed and got him condemned for supporting 9/11 conspiracy theories that deny terrorist responsibility, publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon, endorsing a pro-Hitler book, and blaming the Boston Marathon bombings on the U.S. and "Tel Aviv."  

"What is more disturbing than the (UN Watch) attacks themselves," said Falk in an October interview, "is their resonance among those holding responsible positions in government and international institutions, as well as widely respected liberal organizations."

"In my case, the UN Secretary General, the U.S. ambassadors at the UN in New York and Geneva, the British Prime Minister, and the Canadian Foreign Minister. Not one of these individuals bothered to check with me as to my response to the defamatory allegations or apparently took the trouble to check on whether there was a credible basis for such damaging personal attacks."

"Even the liberal mainstream human rights powerhouse, Human Rights Watch, buckled under when pressured by UN Watch, invoking a long neglected technical rule to obtain my immediate removalfrom a committee, and then lacked the decency to explain that my removal was not ‘a dismissal’ when UN Watch claimed ‘victory,’ and proceeded to tell the UN and other bodies that if Human Rights Watch had expelled me, surely I should be expelled elsewhere."

"I learned, somewhat bitterly, that HRW has feet of clay when it came to standing on principle in relation to someone like myself who has been the victim of repeated calumnies because of an effort to report honestly and accurately on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights."

 

Video: UN Watch on CTV, Opposed U.N. Election of China, Russia, Cuba, Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council

On November 12th, the UN elected some of the world's worst dictatorships to its Human Rights Council, including China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.

Yesterday, new council member Cuba arrested citizens for gathering to celebrate UN Human Rights Day. The irony would be laughable if it didn't involve the subjugation of so many innocent people by these tyrannies.

UN Watch led the world in exposing the UN's perversion of its own fundamental values, and in giving a voice to the victims of these regimes. Click here to watch video from CTV news interview.

 

Scandal: UN Job Application Exam Points to Pro-Palestinian Bias, Watchdog Says

By MAYA SHWAYDER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
12/11/2013 02:14

NEW YORK – Looking for a job at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva? You might have to prove you support the Palestinians first, according to watchdog organization UN Watch.

On Tuesday, UN Watch unveiled a written exam question it obtained from the OHCHR that the watchdog group says was administered to job applicants two years ago. Click here for full story by The Jerusalem Post.

See also the Times of Israel op-ed by UN Watch's Hillel Neuer: "Israel supporters need not apply: UN political litmus test discriminates against pro-Israeli job applicants."