The U.S. State Department states that Richard Falk of the U.N. Human Rights Council, cannot be fired even though he has made virulently anti-American and anti-Israel statements. Falk has said that the Boston Marathon bombings were connected to the “American global domination project,” compared Israelis to Nazis, and said the U.S. knew about the 9/11 attacks before they occurred.
Twenty-five congressional leaders, including House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, have signed letters to Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary Ban Ki Moon asking for Falk’s removal, but nothing has been done. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), who wrote the letters, said:
The longer Richard Falk remains with the U.N. Human Rights Council, the longer his twisted anti-American and anti-Israeli views are legitimized. By retaining Mr. Falk in an official capacity, the United Nations is providing cover for the hostile, often conspiratorial sentiments shared by terrorists and rogue nations around the globe — sentiments that most recently manifested in the Boston terrorist attack. Make no mistake: Mr. Falk’s continued presence at the U.N. risks spreading hatred for America and is putting American lives at risk. This is a national security issue. President Obama has a responsibility to stand up for America and demand that Richard Falk’s time at the U.N. be brought to an immediate end. Secretary-General Ban must do the same.
And what is Falk’s title? He’s the U.N.’s “special rapporteur on the situation of the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”
A State Department official who preferred to be unnamed said, “Human Rights Council rules contain no provision for removing or firing a special rapporteur once he or she has been appointed.” Falk will have to quit in May 2014, when term limits force him out, but he could run for another position as a special rapporteur and be elected by the heavily anti-American and anti-Israel Human Rights Council.