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Thursday, March 27, 2008

'Human Rights Council' appoints 'investigator' who has compared Israel to Nazis

This is another story of your tax dollars at work. If you pay taxes in the United States, you are paying for 22% of the United Nations' budget, including its 'Human Rights Council.' The 'Human Rights Council' has appointed Richard Falk, a professor at Princeton University, to be its 'special investigator' of Israeli actions in Judea and Samaria for the next six years. Falk's qualifications for the position are that he is (a) a self-hating Jew, (b) who has compared Israel to the Nazis and (c) has accused Israel of planning a 'holocaust' against local Arabs. Sounds like another Obama foreign policy adviser, doesn't he?

Falk replaces John Dugard, an apartheid expert who compared Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria to South Africa under apartheid.

Here's an example of Falk's writing. He should fit right in with the corrupt dictatorships that dominate the 'Human Rights Council:'
Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty. The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating in a collective tragedy. If ever the ethos of 'a responsibility to protect,' recently adopted by the UN Security Council as the basis of 'humanitarian intervention' is applicable, it would be to act now to start protecting the people of Gaza from further pain and suffering. But it would be unrealistic to expect the UN to do anything in the face of this crisis, given the pattern of US support for Israel and taking into account the extent to which European governments have lent their weight to recent illicit efforts to crush Hamas as a Palestinian political force.

Even if the pressures exerted on Gaza were to be acknowledged as having genocidal potential and even if Israel's impunity under America's geopolitical umbrella is put aside, there is little assurance that any sort of protective action in Gaza would be taken. There were strong advance signals in 1994 of a genocide to come in Rwanda, and yet nothing was done to stop it; the UN and the world watched while the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnians took place, an incident that the World Court described as 'genocide' a few months ago; similarly, there have been repeated allegations of genocidal conduct in Darfur over the course of the last several years, and hardly an international finger has been raised, either to protect those threatened or to resolve the conflict in some manner that shares power and resources among the contending ethnic groups.

But Gaza is morally far worse, although mass death has not yet resulted. It is far worse because the international community is watching the ugly spectacle unfold while some of its most influential members actively encourage and assist Israel in its approach to Gaza. Not only the United States, but also the European Union, are complicit, as are such neighbors as Egypt and Jordan apparently motivated by their worries that Hamas is somehow connected with their own problems associated with the rising strength of the Muslim Brotherhood within their own borders. It is helpful to recall that the liberal democracies of Europe paid homage to Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games, and then turned away tens of thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. I am not suggesting that the comparison should be viewed as literal, but to insist that a pattern of criminality associated with Israeli policies in Gaza has actually been supported by the leading democracies of the 21st century.
That sound you just heard was my lunch leaving me. I wish I could tell you he's kidding. He's not. It's too bad that the Israeli government lacks the fortitude to declare him persona non grata and make him stay away.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger Whaty What? said...

Gaza is worse because the international community is watching? And what about the NY Times headlines about the Final Solution in '41?

This demonization is incitement to genocide and should be prosecuted as such.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I'm not really surprised. To the UN the sole human rights violator on the planet is Israel.

If you go by the UN's proceedings you would never know there existed far worse human rights abuses elsewhere in the world.

As the old saying has it: plus ca change, plus ca meme. There will never be an improvement where Israel is concerned.


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