Richard Falk attacks Israel, PressTV picks up

Posted: March 24, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, United Nations, War

Richard Falk

Genocide. Genocide I tell ya!

PressTV – Iran’s news agency – published a report on a report today: that is, a news report on UN report on the breaking of ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2008. According to PressTV report, Israel broke the ceasefire, shattering “the Zionist illusion that the Gaza war was legal” (sic). Thank you, PressTV, for taking off the objectivity mask.

The report, prepared by human rights investigator Richard Falk, confirms that Tel Aviv was indeed the party that violated the Egyptian-brokered six-month truce in Gaza.

Israel and the democratically elected Palestinian government confined to the Gaza Strip agreed in mid June 2008 to a six-month truce.

While reports indicated that Tel Aviv had initially broken the truce with its tanks and bulldozers crossing the southern border of the Gaza Strip on November 4 and 5, echelons in the United States and Israel insisted otherwise.

A widespread campaign in support of the alleged Israeli right to enter the Palestinian territory was then launched by US and Israeli media outlets.

“Records show that, during the ceasefire, it was predominantly Israel that resorted to conduct inconsistent with the undertaking, and Hamas that retaliated,” Falk responded in a report presented Monday at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

Yes, the creator of the report is Richard Falk himself, whose views include this pearl:

The Palestinian demonstrations that followed were notably nonviolent at the outset. Israel countered from the beginning by using excessive force, killing and seriously wounding demonstrators in large numbers, and by its practice of extrajudicial assassination of a range of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. At this point the escalatory spiral was initiated, with Israel acting with ever more force at each stage, ratcheting up the stakes to such a level that the Palestinians were being attacked with among the most sophisticated weapons of warfare, including very modern tanks and helicopter gunships. It was in the course of this process that Palestinian resistance gradually ran out of military options, and suicide bombers appeared as the only means still available by which to inflict sufficient harm on Israel so that the struggle could go on. I was a member of a human rights inquiry appointed by the UN Human Rights Commission a year ago; our report fully supported this line of interpretation in its study of the second intifada, as did the overwhelming majority of the Security Council membership. The basic conclusion of these efforts at impartial understanding was that Israel was mainly responsible for the escalations, and that its tactics of response involved massive violations of international humanitarian law.

That’s right. Richard Falk believes that the Palestinians – whose non-violent demonstrations included shooting at soldiers from among unarmed rioters – used only available method for ‘resistance’: suicide bombings against civilian targets like children. Falk also belongs to the movement of 9/11 ‘truthers’, believing that “there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess”. That’s right, Falk thinks it’s quite possible the US attacked the Twin Towers.

Falk also believes that Israel’s actions against Palestininas are Nazi-like. You have read it right: Falk believes that killing 6000 civilians since 1983 (while suffering 1453) can be equated to genocide of millions by the Nazis. Loon he is.

So, are we going to believe a loon ‘professor’, or are we going to be fair about this?

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  1. […] bases his opinions on amount of Gazan civilians killed on report by Richard Falk – the person who compares Israel’s actions to these of Nazis – clearly a disproportionate response on part of Falk.. […]

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