Remember the ESCWA report accusing Israel of being an apartheid regime, which the U.N. Secretary-General asked to be taken off the ESCWA website, leading to the resignation of Rima Khalaf, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for ESCWA? The report was co-authored by Richard Falk, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights who is also known for being an immense Israel hater – so much so, that he has been barred from entering Israel in the past. He is also a September 11 conspiracy theorist, and has long been dogged by accusations of antisemitism (dogged is the operative word), even though he is, himself, Jewish.
But his antisemitic credentials have certainly been strengthened, after the shenanigans at his recent lecture at the London School of Economics to launch his new book, “Palestine’s Horizon.”
Complaints have been made to the London School of Economics following a talk by a disgraced former UN official during which one of his supporters told students to read the works of notorious Holocaust denier David Irving.
The alleged remarks came amid protests against the presence on campus of Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Palestine from 2008 to 2014 who has been repeatedly condemned for inflammatory actions and statements by the UK. Today’s event was held to promote Falk’s new book ‘Palestine’s Horizon: Towards a Just Peace, in which he claims Jerusalem has been “ethnically cleansed”.
UN Watch had called for Theresa May to expel Falk from Britain after highlighting the fact that in 2012 the UK Foreign Office condemned Falk for providing the cover endorsement for Gilad Atzmon’s book “The Wandering Who” which accuses “the Jews” of being “the only people who managed to maintain and sustain a racially orientated, expansionist and genocidal national identity that is not at all different from Nazi ethnic ideology”. In April 2013, the UK Mission to the UN condemned Falk after he blamed the Boston terrorist attack on “the American global domination project” and “Tel Aviv”.
As today’s event descended into chaos with pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian shouting accusations and at least two of the former removed for disruptive behaviour, post-graduate Sapan Maini-Thompson claimed Atzmon audibly claimed Jews were being removed for misbehviour, as in Germany.
He told the Jewish News: “He said to those around him ‘the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving’ – which he repeated when challenged. He was recommending to those around him to read the works of David Irving and said Israel’s actions in the occupied territories are Hitlerian. After the event I went up to the man and aggressively called him a Nazi. I’m not hiding that.”
While stressing he was not accusing anyone on the panel of anti-Semitism, he said of those in the audience who had made the remarks: “I think LSE should be far stricter on vetting procedures for those coming on to campus. Known fascists shouldn’t be allowed on campus.”
Atzmon later confirmed to the Jewish News he “indeed” recommended Irving’s work “to anyone who is interested in history rather than the Holocaust religion”. He added that Jews have been expelled from many countries, saying: “Jews are always expelled for a reason. This isn’t to say I support expulsion or any measure against Jews or anyone else.”
Another attendee, Jonathan, says that antisemite Pamela Hardyment was also there.
Turds of a feather do indeed flock together.