Richard Falk: The US as Israel’s servant

Prime Minister Netanyahu Congratulates President Obama

by Richard Falk and Akbar Ganji In Part I of this article we described the reasons as to why Israel has become an outlaw state and discuss US support for Israel and its consequences. The US as Israel's servant The United States has supported Israel without reservations since its founding in 1948. … [Read more...]

Richard Falk: Escaping The Abusive State: After Snowden

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By Richard Falk The more contact one has with the modern state, even in those societies that have long constitutional traditions entrenching civil liberties, the more grounds there are for deep and growing concern. I suppose that the most dramatic exhibition of the dangers being posed as 2014 approaches, … [Read more...]

Richard Falk: Zero Dark Thirty & American Exceptionalism


ZD30 is the film narrative that tells the dramatic story of the special forces operation that on May 2, 2011 located and killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is not far from Islamabad. It is directed by the prominent director, Kathryn Bigelow, who … [Read more...]

Richard Falk Visit to Gaza: UN Press Release


(I recently completed a mission to the Gaza Strip, entering by way of Egypt at the Rafah Crossing; as I am now in Doha attending the final days of the UN Climate Change negotiations, I have had no chance to write a post describing the moving and difficult circumstances that confront the people of Gaza, and … [Read more...]

The Latest Gaza Catastrophe: Will Israel Ever Learn?

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[This post is an updated version of an article published in the online English edition of Al Jazeera, 17 Nov 2012, taking account of some further developments in the new horrifying unfolding of violence in Gaza.] President Obama, upon his arrival today in Bangkok at the start of a state visit to several … [Read more...]

Is Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid?

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It is my belief that the recent finding of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) that the state of Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid in relation to the Palestine people should be taken with the utmost seriousness by all those who affirm human solidarity and care about making visible the long … [Read more...]

How (Dis)honest is the Honest Broker?

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By Richard Falk* | Sabbah Report | In what appears to be as close to a consensus as the world community can ever hope to achieve, the United States reluctantly stood its ground on behalf of Israel and on February 18, 2011 vetoed a resolution on the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and … [Read more...]

Rebalancing The World


By Richard Falk* | Sabbah Report | It may turn out that May 17, 2010 will be remembered as an important milestone on the road to a real new world order. Remember that the phrase 'new world order' came to prominence in 1990 after Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait. It was used by George … [Read more...]

Richard Falk Salute UC Berkeley Divestment


April 13, 2010 To the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC): I am writing to encourage renewed support for Senate Bill 118A ("A Bill in Support of ASUC Divestment from War Crimes"), including the override of ASUC President Will Smelko's veto on March 24, … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – With Prof. Richard Falk


By Dr. Hanan Chehata EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – With Prof. Richard Falk the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied (OPT), since 1967. In 2001 Falk served on a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Inquiry Commission for the Palestinian … [Read more...]

Richard Falk – Why The Goldstone Report Matters

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By Richard Falk* "So why did the Israeli government boycott the commission? The real answer is quite simple: they knew full well that the commission, any commission, would have to reach the conclusions it did reach."Uri Avnery (Israeli peace activist, and former Knesset member), "On the Goldstone Report" … [Read more...]

Richard Falk – My expulsion from Israel


When I arrived in Israel as a UN representative I knew there might be problems at the airport. And there were By Richard Falk (Special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories) On December 14, I arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel to carry out my UN role as special rapporteur on the … [Read more...]