UN ‘Human Rights’ Official Apologizes to Jews and Animals


palestinian-un-richard-falkThe United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on Palestinian rights, Richard Falk, has published an “apology” for the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon showing a yarmulka-wearing dog on his Internet blog.

The apology, however, is just as offensive, as it is directed equally toward both Jews and animals, as if each was insulted by being compared to the other.

The cartoon appeared on Falk’s blog as an illustration to an entry he made regarding the supposed anti-Arab and pro-Israel hypocrisy of the United States and the International Criminal Court. It shows Lady Liberty taking her dog for a walk. The dog wears a shirt labeled “USA” and dons a Jewish kippah on its head. It is shown gobbling a pile of bloody human bones while wetting Lady Liberty’s foot.

After initially denying that he had even published the cartoon, Falk removed it from his blog. He issued this “apology”:

“With apologies, I realize that the cartoon… had strongly anti-Semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me…

“My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support…

“Beyond this, if we are to have a sustainable human future we must also make peace with nature, and treat animals with as much respect as possible…

“At the same time, I am quite aware that many of the messages were motivated to discredit me due to my views of Israeli policies and behavior.”

The cartoon was noticed last Wednesday by UN Watch, which demanded that UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, issue a statement on the matter.

Falk responded on that same day by saying: “It is a complete lie. I know nothing about such a cartoon, and would never publish such a thing, ever.” Later that day he deleted the cartoon. He explained: “Maybe I do not understand the cartoon, and if it offends in this way I have removed it from the blog. It may be in bad taste to an extent I had not earlier appreciated, but I certainly didn’t realize that it could be viewed as anti-semitic, and still do not realize.”

In another post Wednesday he commented: “I did not perceive any racist connotations, and certainly no anti-semitic implications, and since it offends people I have removed it without understanding why.” He also blamed his imperfect eyesight, at age 80, for causing him to think that the dog’s Star of David-adorned kippah was a helmet.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, denounced Falk’s cartoon on the floor of the US Congress.

Falk is Jewish himself. He taught international law and international relations at Princeton University for forty years.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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  1. Worse would have been for him to be wearing the kippa! At least the dog is a dog and the dinim of tzaar baalei chayim apply! Not so to this wretched individual! He is a disgrace to the human race – to state that he does not even see the wrong in it! MayReshaim Taytzay Resha! On him we can properly say “Shem Reshaim Yirkov!”

  2. i am so confused.. is this guy apoligizing to the dog thathe drew for portraying it as a jewish dog? this apoligy is just as bad as the cartoon!! how does this sound- ” Sory jews for portraying you as dogs, and sorry dogs for portraying you as jews”, as if we are equall to dogs!!!! And plz, this guy doesn’t have anything against jews? what a filthy anti-semite

  3. Falk has been this way for decades. He’s a far-leftist and favorite of The Nation crowd, and he constantly harps on supposed Israeli violations of international law.

  4. Most people gain fame by saying stupid things, this is no exemption. if instead he will be giving a daf hayomi shiur…he would not have been on the headlines,stupid world never gets the point.
    On the other hand..we are not doing what the Muslims did to the Danes (and to themeselves)
    when we see stupitidy it becomes humorous….this guy should have been a dadchan!

  5. Mr. Falk seems to be quite elderly. Perhaps he has a medical problem that affects his thinking. His apology and other comments indicate that he might be a little confused. Now that the cartoon has been deleted, perhaps we should let the matter drop, rather than continue to publicize it and Mr. Falk’s ramblings. Media exposure is a two-edged sword. Sometimes it does more damage than good.