Shalom Life | April 21, 2014

U.S. and Jewish Groups Call for U.N. Investigator to Resign over Anti-Semitism

Richard Falk asked to resign over cartoon posted on his blog.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: July 8th, 2011 in News » World

U.S. and Jewish Groups Call for U.N. Investigator to Resign over Anti-Semitism

The Obama Administration, and several American Jewish groups called for the resignation of U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, after he posted an “overtly anti-Semitic” cartoon on his blog.

The aforementioned cartoon depicts a dog clad in a yarmulke marked with a Star of David, and a body-warmer emblazoned with USA, urinating on Lady Justice whilst she obliviously holds its leash.

The cartoon was apparently in response to the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity.

"I am deeply disturbed that once again U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk has used his personal blog to publish abhorrent material. His shameful and outrageous behavior is an embarrassment to the United Nations. Someone who publishes such vicious images has no place in the U.N. system. His shameful and outrageous behavior is an embarrassment to the United Nations. Someone who publishes such vicious images has no place in the U.N. system. We reiterate our call for him to step down,” stated Joseph Torsella, the U.S. representative for management and reform to the United Nations.

Falk, a quondam professor at Princeton University who is Jewish, has been extremely critical of Israel’s behavior in the Palestinian territories and Gaza, and likewise, ardently opposed to American support of Israel.

On July 6, Falk removed the cartoon and posted an apology on his blog stating that it ““had strongly anti-Semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me.”

There has been no indication whether Falk will be relieved of his position, or at the very least condemned for his actions.

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