Jewish group urges dismissal of UN Human Rights Council official

European Jewish Press – July 11, 2011

B’nai B’rith International denounced the recent blog posting of an anti-Semitic cartoon by Richard Falk, special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories for the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The cartoon, which appeared on Falk’s personal blog on June 29, depicts an angry dog with Hasidic sidecurls urinating on a statue representing justice; the dog wears a coat labeled “USA” and a skullcap with a Star of David as it devours a pile of blood-covered human bones. 

Falk first strongly denied its existence, later pulling the cartoon from his website but questioning whether it was anti-Semitic. Ultimately, he apologized, offering that he only intended to highlight the “anti-American” message of the drawing.

“The image in the cartoon chosen for promotion by Richard Falk expresses a vile and vitriolic anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American message,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.

“Sadly, however, it only reflects commonplace incitement in the Middle East against Israel – incitement that fundamentally violates international agreements and prevents progress toward peace in the region.”

“Falk’s blog posting is the latest in a long and disturbing trend of radical anti-Israel and other positions Falk has demonstrated in both personal and professional contexts,” the human rights Jewish organization says.

He has suggested flirtation with 9/11 conspiracy theories, advocated anti-Israel agitation over peace talks, and used the terms “apartheid” and “ethnic cleansing” to describe Israeli policies. 

“His radicalism prevents him from credibly filling his U.N. role, and it further discredits the Human Rights Council itself. Falk must finally, and immediately, be removed from his position as rapporteur before he does further damage while holding this U.N. mandate,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.