It took five days, but United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally said he "rejects" United Nations Human Rights Council official Richard Falk's comments that cited "the American global domination project: and US-Israeli relations as provocations for the bombings.
Falk, a Jewish American who has long history of accusing Israel of "war crimes" and "apartheid, wrote as "long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy."
Israeli officials as well as the UN Watch organization protested his remarks, but Ban's spokesman simply stated that Falk "speaks independently" and does not necessarily represent the United Nations.
Further condemnations of Falk appeared in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations tweeted, "Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the UN."
Ban's spokesman finally announced five days Falk's article, "The Secretary-General rejects Mr. Falk's comments [which] undermine the credibility and the work of the United Nations."