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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

B’nai B’rith International is appalled by comments made by Richard Falk, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, on his personal blog where he endorsed conspiracy theories charging the United States with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks and charged the U.S. government and media with covering it all up.

His preposterous endorsements of these fallacious statements have also been rightly decried by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan E. Rice, who recently made a statement calling Falk’s comments “despicable and deeply offensive,” and deplored his notoriously “one-sided and politicized approach” to Israel in the context of his position at the United Nations.

Falk’s latest comments follow a pattern of outrageous statements, including blatant disregard for the violent actions perpetrated by the terror group Hamas against Israel. Falk’s biased role, and his exploitation of it to malign and delegitimize Israel, are a tragic but fitting reflection of the record of the Human Rights Council.

B’nai B’rith applauds Rice for her condemnation of Falk, and joins in calling for his immediate ouster from any position of influence at United Nations.