Former UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) envoy for the Palestine Occupied Territories, American Jewish academic Dr. Richard Falk (Princeton University) was recently interviewed by Jessica Desvarieux of The Real News Com. Falk talked to her via phone from Turkey where he lives with her Turkish Jewish wife Dr. Hilal Elver (University of California), the US Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
On May 5, 2014, Hilel C. Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based Israel lobby group, UN Watch, wrote a letter to Samantha Power, US ambassador at United Nations, requesting her to block Ms Elver’s appointment.
On the durability of the current Egyptian negotiated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Falk said that the ceasefire has no chance to last unless it’s supported by “long-term” territorial solution.
“It’s one thing to lift the blockade (since 2006), which certainly should be done and will create a temporary sense of relative normalcy in Gaza which is in desperate need of humanitarian help not because the current Israeli attacks during the last several weeks, but even before that, because it was blockaded . The tunnels have been destroyed by Egypt (under Crypto-Jew Gen. Sisi’s orders), which it (Hamas and other resistance groups) had relied upon since 2007 to get many of basic necessities of life. And so the situation of Gaza has to be addressed in a more fundamental way than a demilitarization versus blockade,” said Falk. Listen to the rest of the interview below.
On August 20, 2014, Dr. Richard Falk, also posted the updated version of an interview he gave to Ken Klippenstein, published earlier at the CounterPunch on his personal blog.
In this interview, Falk claims that a common hatred toward Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood unites both Egyptian dictator Gen. Sisi and the Zionist regime.
“The US is definitely complicit and legally accountable, at least in theory, in that this weaponry is not supposed to be used except in accordance with international law; and if the whole undertaking is a violation of international law, then the United States is responsible, and should diplomatically have been seeking to restrain and censure Israel, rather than to lend its support,” said Falk. Read the rest of the interview here.