Hillel Neuer
International human rights lawyer, writer & activist

Disgraced UN rep trying to meet anti-Semite for Christmas lunch in London

Disgraced UN official Richard Falk, who was condemned last week by Canada, Australia and the U.S., recently provided the cover endorsement for a book denounced as anti-Semitic even by the most extreme anti-Israel activists.

Now Falk is trying to meet the anti-Semitic author for lunch in London:

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Atzmon’s book asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all.” The British Foreign Office last year condemned Falk for endorsing it.

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It’s unclear why Britain ever granted Falk entry to spend the past several months spreading hatred in the UK.

As documented in The New Republic, Atzmon boasts about drawing “insights from a man who… was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist,” a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity,” declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew,” writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me,” and describes himself as “a strong opponent” of “Jewish-ness.”

According to Richard Falk’s endorsement, however, the pro-Hitler book is “an absorbing and moving account” of the author’s “journey from hard core Israeli nationalist to a de-Zionized patriot of humanity and passionate advocate of justice for the Palestinian people.” Falk adds that the explicitly anti-Jewish book is “a transformative story told with unflinching integrity.”

Yet the Atzmon book endorsed by Falk is in fact so vile that 20 anti-Zionist activists, including Omar Barghouti and Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah, condemned the book and its author for racism and anti-Semitism, adding:

we call for the disavowal of Atzmon by fellow Palestinian organizers, as well as Palestine solidarity activists, and allies of the Palestinian people, and note the dangers of supporting Atzmon’s political work and writings and providing any platforms for their dissemination

Even Tony Greenstein, founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, member of “Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods” and proud “Socialist, anti-Zionist, anti-racist” pleaded in vain for Falk to pull his endorsement of the anti-Semitic book:

… how to explain how senior academics, an Emeritus Professor of International Law, [Richard Falk] can write such gushing rubbish in the blurb for Atzmon’s anti-Semitic work of literary art. Why is it so difficult to see that the concept of a Jewish conspiracy, besides being ridiculous in its own right, explains nothing, least of all why non-Jews and are the most fervent supporters of Zionism. It was with this in mind that I wrote to Richard Falk and he replied. I am still none the wiser…

As CiF Watch notes, Atzmon repeatedly refers to the Jewish religion as “supremacist”; questions whether the Holocaust occurred while arguing that, if so, one needs to consider Jews’ villainous behavior; says that Hitler’s views about Jews may one day be proven right; makes the charge that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world; and endorses the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, whose “prophetic qualities” and “capacity to describe” Jewish conspiracies are “impossible to ignore.”

In addition to the UN’s Richard Falk, former grand wizard of the KKK David Duke also strongly praises Atzmon’s writings.

Isn’t it time for Richard Falk to be fired from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)?

“Unfortunately,” as the U.S. State Department has reminded us, “the vast majority of HRC members do not agree on his stepping down.”

About the Author
Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland. An international lawyer, Neuer has been described by the Tribune de Genève as a human rights activist who is “feared and dreaded” by the world’s dictatorships. Israel's Ma’ariv newspaper ranked Neuer as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Jewish People in the World.” Hillel Neuer is a renowned speaker who has published widely, testified before the United Nations and the U.S. Congress, and appeared on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. On September 14, 2016, the City of Chicago adopted a resolution declaring “Hillel Neuer Day” in recognition of his work as “one of the world’s foremost human rights advocates.” In June 2018, McGill University awarded Neuer with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, citing his work as “an innovator” in “creating global platforms for courageous dissidents and champions of human rights from around the world,” and for being “a passionate advocate for human rights, fighting tirelessly against discrimination, torture, and injustice."
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