U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on Wednesday said that it was "past time" for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the Palestinians to be relieved of his position.
On her twitter account, Rice said, "Outraged by Richard Falk's highly offensive Boston comments. Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the U.N. Past time for him to go."
The American Jewish Committee also denounced Falk, a U.N. official, for asserting in an online essay that U.S. and Israeli policies were responsible for the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. U.N. Watch first reported on Falk's comments.
Falk, a special rapporteur with the U.N. Human Rights Council, was reprimanded two years ago by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for promoting 9/11 conspiracy theories, alleging that the U.S. had a role.
"Here he goes again," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Given his public record, the question is why Richard Falk still occupies a U.N. position. Is there no shame?"
In his essay, "A Commentary on the Marathon Murders," published April 21 in Foreign Policy Journal, Falk warned that "the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink U.S. relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East."
Falk also warned that "as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy."
Erin Pelton, United States Mission to the United Nations spokesperson, said "The United States completely rejects the provocative and offensive commentary by Mr. Richard Falk, U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, regarding the recent terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts. The United States has previously called for Mr. Falk's resignation for his numerous outrageous statements, and these comments underscore once more the absurdity of his service as a U.N. Special Rapporteur."
"Falk's unhinged diatribes against the U.S. and Israel are well-known," Harris added. "He should have been barred, five years ago, from being appointed the Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on the Palestinians, but this reveals precisely what is wrong with the U.N. system."
"Falk's latest commentary demonstrates his total insensitivity to the victims of the terror attacks in Boston," Harris continued. "His malicious propaganda regarding the U.S. and Israel -- and his glaring inability to see the stark truth about extremist violence and terrorism -- has no place in any international body that takes itself and its mission seriously."
B'nai B'rith International called for Falk's removal from the Human Rights Council, saying that his "latest string of inflammatory remarks -- whether it be on the Internet or in one of his 'reports' to the council -- has no place in the United Nations and his continued presence at the UNHRC further undermines the credibility of the system."
Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, calling on them to condemn Falk's "odious and preposterous" remarks.