“When you target a group, an ethnic group and inflict this kind of punishment upon them, you are in effect nurturing a kind of criminal intention that is genocidal,” Falk reportedly told RT.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird requested that the U.N. immediately dismiss Falk.
In a released statement, Baird said: “Canada has previously called for Falk to be fired for his numerous outrageous and anti-Semitic statements and these comments underscore once more the complete and total absurdity of his service as a UN Special Rapporteur.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, Baird also said: “I call on the United Nations Human Rights Council – once again – to remove Falk from this position immediately.” He also pointed out that his country rejects Falk’s comments.
“Not only do these comments undermine the fundamental values of the UN, they also belittle the terrible genocides that have tragically taken place throughout history and around the world,” Baird reportedly said.
Falk has a long history of making anti-Israel and anti-American remarks, including the floating of conspiracy theories. Last spring, he drew widespread condemnation when he suggested that U.S. and Israeli policies were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.
He spoke following Falk’s appearance on December 15 on Russia’s English television news program RT. Falk was interviewed for mere seconds as part of a larger program on Israel that included an argument that it was Israel, not Iran, which had a dangerous nuclear program, according to JNS.org.
Falk was asked about a past article he had written in which he said that Israel was “slouching toward nothing less than a Palestinian holocaust.”
Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor also attacked Falk’s statements.
“This man has already branded himself as the radical version of extremism,” Palmor said.
“This man has been known for years for his strident racism, verbal violence and obsessional disparaging of Israel and others and for that he was the target of unprecedented criticism by many in the UN including the secretary-general. The fact that such a conspiracist, hate monger remains on the UN payroll is a moral stain on his employer,” said Palmor.
Falk was appointed in 2008 to a six-year position as the UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.
Israel Hayom reported that prior to his U.N. appointment he had warned against a pending Palestinian holocaust. Following his comments, UN Watch, a non-governmental Geneva based group that monitors UN activity, has called for Falk’s removal in letters that it wrote both UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and US ambassador to the UN in New York Samantha Powers. But Falk can only be removed by a vote of the UNHRC in Geneva, Israel Hayom reports.
UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer said that Falk’s comments were “outrageous” and a “warrant for terrorism” against Israel.
Accusing Israel of genocidal intentions legitimizes violence against Israel, Neuer said.
“If Israel has genocidal intentions than what isn’t permissible to do against Israel.”