And I thought John Dugard was bad. Dugard was the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories first for the UN Human Rights Commission and then the UN Human Rights Council from 2001 until this month. What this simply means is that Dugard would write reports condemning alleged Israeli violations of human rights while remaining mum on any trangressions committed by the Palestinians. Dugard, a South African, was noted for comparing Israel to South Africa's former Apartheid regime.
But Dugard's successor is even worse. Richard Falk, a retired Princeton law professor, last year penned an article titled, "Slouching Toward a Palestinian Holocaust" (http://www.transnational.org/Area_MiddleEast/2007/Falk_PalestineGenocide.html)
Israel is currently stiffening the boycott on economic relations that has brought the people of Gaza to the brink of collective starvation. This set of policies, carried on for more than four decades, has imposed a sub-human existence on a people that have been repeatedly and systematically made the target of a variety of severe forms of collective punishment. The entire population of Gaza is treated as the 'enemy' of Israel, and little pretext is made in Tel Aviv of acknowledging the innocence of this long victimized society.
To persist with such an approach under present circumstances is indeed genocidal, and risks destroying an entire Palestinian community that is an integral part of an ethnic whole. It is this prospect that makes appropriate the warning of a Palestinian holocaust in the making, and should remind the world of the famous post-Nazi pledge of 'never again.'
Palestinian Holocaust? The entire population of Gaza is treated as the "enemy" of Israel? Of course, Falk never mentions that Hamas' raison d'etre is the destruction of Israel. But what you can expect of a guy who once praised the Iranian Revolution for its emphasis on non-violence and that it would "provide us with a desperately needed model of humane governance for a third world country."
But wait!!! Falk tops himself.
In addition to likening Israel to Nazi Germany, Falk is also a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. In 2004, Falk was chosen to write the preface to David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration & 9/11. Griffin is probably the dean of 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Falk writes:
As with Pearl Harbor there are ample reasons to receive news of massive attack with some skepticism. As with the difficulties of the Roosevelt presidency in rallying the country for war, here too, the neocon advisers shaping the foreign policy of the Bush Administration had been frustrated by their inability to mobilize the country for war. (http://www.transnational.org/SAJT/forum/meet/2004/Falk_GriffinForward.html)
Not surprisingly, Falk wants an investigation into whether a controlled implosion took down the World Trade Center rather than as a result of two airplanes being navigated into the buildings.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton told FOX News called Falk's views "fruitcake city, but among many delegations to the UN it's probably conventional wisdom."
Well, when Falk issues a report likening Israel's treatment of Palestinians to that of the Nazis against the Jews, please consider the source.