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December 14, 2008

Richard Falk's UN-Sanctioned Double Standard

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Richard Falk, the United Nations' "Special Rapporteur" on the occupied territories, says Israel's sanctions on Gaza are a "crime against humanity."

One wonders if the hypocrisy made him blush. A UN representative saying Israel's sanctions on Gaza are a crime against humanity. UN as in "UN Security Council Resolution 661," which put a "siege" or "blockade" — oh wait, an "embargo" (why aren't Israel's sanctions described in the press as an embargo?) — on Iraq.

Compare the purported extent and effects of UN-backed sanctions on Iraq to the relatively limited effects of Israel's sanctions on Gaza.

It's a clear double standard employed by the UN here, a disturbing singling out of 'the Jew among the nations' for doing much less than 'the nations' themselves do.

Posted by GI at December 14, 2008 01:00 PM

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"Richard Falk, the United Nations' "Special Rapporteur" on the occupied territories, says Israel's sanctions on Gaza are a "crime against humanity."

One wonders if the hypocrisy made him blush."

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Bertrand Russell explained how public opinion tends to grant the oppressed a superior virtue. As though the oppressed have to deserve their freedom and rights, beyond their state of oppression. When, however, you deal with an oppressed entity like the Palestinians, with their unfortunate and repetetive choices in favour of violence as a way of settling problems, how can anyone, in good faith, extoll their superior virtue?

So, in order to maintain the necessary perception of moral imbalance between oppressor and oppressed, in favour of the latter, Falk has to pile up on the Israel side of the scales, so that, bad as Palestinians are, they can still be said to be superior to their enemy. And he stakes up the Israeli side of the scales by grotesque and frankly irrational, hyperbole.

The “Special Rapporteur" can be quite Shakespearean in his choice of language, but in the end, his narrative collapses on its own hot air emptiness:

“It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Posted by: Noga at December 14, 2008 04:11 PM

falk is an idiot!

Posted by: flik at December 15, 2008 05:25 AM

UNtrue - UNfair - UNinformed - UNengaged

Posted by: Orde Wingate at December 15, 2008 12:07 PM

they should have allowed the fawker to come to Israel and then arrested him for his anti semitism.

Posted by: yochanan at December 15, 2008 05:53 PM

Just briefly came across an article by Falk on The Nation website, and typed his name into the search engine of CAMERA, where it appears his arguments don't hold water. Thus, I am glad that CAMERA.org is there to help straighten out the anti-Israel bias that goes around in the media. As for The Nation website, I've been pretty turned off by them since they only seem to side with the Palestinians. It's best not to rely on such a slanted news source that has Pro-Palestine (or pro-Israel) bias.

Posted by: Nachum at January 4, 2009 10:17 PM

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