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Falk reprimands Ban Ki-Moon over truth about Israel’s crimes

‘The politics of deflection’ (shoot the messenger, ignore the message) exposed

By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | February 8, 2016

With obvious relish Richard Falk, former professor of international law at Princeton and UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Occupied Palestine, has issued a well deserved slap on the wrist to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his naivety. It follows Israel’s furious reaction to Ban’s remark to the Security Council that “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half-century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process”.

The usually timid Ban, suddenly emboldened, also called Israel’s illegal settlement building “an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community”. He added: “Security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people.” Whereupon Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu, fresh from approving another 150 squatter homes on stolen Palestinian land, accused the Secretary General of giving a “tailwind to terror”.

Falk penned an open letter to Ban reminding him of his earlier attempts to get Falk dismissed from his UN job for speaking the same truths. “Having read of the vicious attacks on you for venturing some moderate, incontestable criticisms of Israel’s behaviour, I understand well the discomfort you clearly feel. What intrigues and appals me is that while I was Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine during the period 2008-2014, you chose to attack me personally in public on several occasions, joining with US and Israel diplomats calling for my dismissal and doing the utmost to undermine my credibility while discharging this unpaid UN job under difficult conditions.

“At the time, I was doing my best to bear witness to some of the same truths about Israel’s unlawful and immoral behavior that recently got you in similar hot water. My UN mandate was to report upon the reality of Israeli violations of international law while sustaining their apartheid regime of oppressive control over the Palestinian people.”

Referring to Ban’s concern that we are reaching “a point of no return” for the two-state solution and his reminder to the Security Council that the UN will “continue to uphold the right of Palestinians to self-determination”, Falk warns that, given present realities, self-determination must be understood as something more than just “another delusionary embrace of a diplomatically negotiated two-state solution”.

He points out that Israel’s leaders want the idea of a Palestinian state abandoned altogether and that reliance on such a discredited diplomatic path [a two-state solution] has resulted over and over again in severe encroachments on occupied Palestine and intense suffering for its people. “Clinging to the two-state mantra is not neutral. Delay benefits Israel, harms Palestine. There is every reason to believe that this pattern will continue as long as Israel is not seriously challenged diplomatically and by the sorts of growing pressures mounted by the international solidarity movement and the BDS campaign.”

February 9, 2016 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. The UN is a toothless Tiger. The only Nation that can stop Israel’s disgusting treatment of the Palestinian people is the USA, which daily, turns a blind eye to what is happening.
    “The most powerful Nation on Earth” is led around like Israel’s donkey with a ring through its nose, and the USA’s gutless politicians(right up to the President) have lost the respect of the rest of the world.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 9, 2016 | Reply

  2. The Dr. Falk open letter is getting good/viral coverage, and deservedly so. I have only the greatest respect for this sterling human being. I have only the greatest contempt for the United Nations, Its Security Council’s S-G, my United States that is so complicit in the myriad war crimes and crimes against humanity committed daily for endless decades — and of course for every adherent of the Zionism that has metastasized into the ultimate monster of history — in denying truth, justice, accountability for the criminals, and liberation for the hapless-victim people of Palestine and their land. Dr. Falk has written what needed to be written, but sadly it will be met with the deaf and callous ears of the satanic forces arrayed against the Palestinians.

    I, too, am a Palestinian! Palestine Is Still The Issue! Viva Palestine!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | February 9, 2016 | Reply


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