UN Official Calling to Boycott Firms Doing Business with Israel Chided for Openly Anti-Semitic Views
Latest update: October 29th, 2012
In a letter to Secretary-General Ban, ADL condemned Mr. Falk’s latest report for focusing on private corporations doing business in Israel – one of the hallmarks of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign to pressure companies doing business with Israel. ADL strongly urged Mr. Ban to withdraw his transmittal of Mr. Falk’s report to the General Assembly’s Third Committee and to publicly distance himself from Falk’s “biased and offensive behavior.”
“The United Nations should not be complicit in this wholly unjustified effort to single out Israel,” Mr. Foxman wrote in a sharply worded letter to Mr. Ban on the eve of the session devoted to Mr. Falk’s report. “We believe you should have prevented the Secretariat from being a party to Mr. Falk’s anti-Israel agenda. Mr. Falk’s entire tenure as Special Rapporteur has served to undermine the credibility of the institution of the United Nations.”
In 2008 ADL strenuously objected to Mr. Falk’s appointment as Special Rapporteur and, more recently, lodged a complaint with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights over his use of Nazi comparisons to castigate the Jewish state.
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“My main recommendation is that the businesses highlighted in the report – as well as the many other businesses that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise – should be boycotted until they bring their operations into line with international human rights and humanitarian law and standards,” Falk said Thursday. But, earlier this week, the British government protested to the U.N. the “anti-Semitic” remarks made by FalkYori Yanover
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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