Dr. Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, has raised more than a few eyebrows among high ranking U.N. and governments officials for his remarks relating U.S. foreign policy to the Boston Marathon bombings.
In an editorial published in the Foreign Policy Journal, Dr. Falk blamed America's pro-Israeli stance as a catalyst fueling anti-American sentiment leading up to the attacks. Although the killing of innocent lives is never justifiable, the Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton Universityit explains how it is certainly understandable.
"It is horrible, but we in this country should not be too surprised, given our drone attacks that have unwittingly targeted weddings and funerals in Afghanistan and Pakistan," writes the U.N. special investigator, citing a caller he heard on a PBS program.
Dr. Falk continued to link the Boston marathon bombings to America's superpower status, stating, "the American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world."
Falk also said "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." He said President Barack Obama hasn't adopted a "more balanced approach to the Palestine/Israel impasse." Instead, Falk accused Obama of "succumbing to the Beltway ethos of Israel first."
In response, a number of U.N. officials have criticized the Jewish professor's remarks as anti-Semitic.
"Outraged by Richard Falk's highly offensive Boston comments," tweeted U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice. "Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the UN. Past time for him to go."
In a statement, the British mission said this is "the third time we have had cause to express our concerns about Mr. Falk's anti-Semitic remarks. It is important to the U.K. that special rapporteurs uphold the highest standards in their work and we have twice previously made clear that remarks by Mr. Falk were unacceptable."
Israel has placed a ban on Falk from visiting the Palestinian territories because he has compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians with the horrors of Nazi Germany.