The United Nations Human Rights Commission has appointed Richard Falk, a former Princeton professor, to a six-year term as “special investigator on Israeli actions in the territories.” Israel has denounced the appointment, since Falk is a virulent critic of Israel. Falk has written that Israel is comparable to Nazi Germany, and he has condoned mass murder bombings by Palestinians, while accusing Israel of “state terrorism.”
Falk is, in addition, a “truther.” For those who don’t frequent the fever swamp, a “truther” is someone who believes that the United States government carried out the September 11 attacks. Falk recently said in an interview:
It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don’t think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.
Falk also wrote a preface to a “truther” book called The New Pearl Harbor, in which he said:
There have been questions raised here and there and allegations of official complicity made almost from the day of the attacks, especially in Europe, but no one until Griffin has had the patience, the fortitude, the courage, and the intelligence to put the pieces together in a single coherent account.
This is the sort of person the UN’s Human Rights Council deems ideally-suited to monitor and report on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. We’ll give the last word to former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton:
This is exactly why we voted against the new human rights council.