The idiot's tale
BBC is happy to inform its readers that
"The Israeli authorities have prevented a senior UN human rights official from entering the country, accusing him of being seriously biased against it. [--]
Last week Mr Falk, the special human rights rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories, described the Israeli blockade of Gaza as a massive violation of international humanitarian law.
"Israel maintains its Gaza siege in its full fury, allowing only barely enough food and fuel to enter to stave off mass famine and disease," he said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council. "
We have seen the extent of Palestinian humanitarian crisis, here.
But even without the independent evidence, Falk's own words are a study in self-contradiction: If Israel allows "enough food and fuel... to stave off mass famine and disease", there is no danger of a humanitarian crisis, is there? If you need some idea of what a humanitarian crisis looks like, I suggest you look at this, or this, or this.
How biased is Prof. Falk? NYT Isabel Kershner explains:
He has compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to Nazi atrocities and has called for more serious examination of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks. Pointing to discrepancies between the official version of events and other versions, he recently wrote that “only willful ignorance can maintain that the 9/11 narrative should be treated as a closed book”
In his capacity as a United Nations investigator, Mr. Falk issued a statement this month describing Israel’s embargo on Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, as a crime against humanity, while making only cursory reference to Hamas’s rocket attacks against Israeli civilian centers. Israeli officials expressed outrage.
When his appointment was announced by the Human Rights Council last spring, the Israeli representative said it was “impossible to believe that out of a list of 184 potential candidates,” the members had made “the best possible choice for the post.” (H/T: Z-blog)
" Israel is guilty of 99 war crimes. Why not a hundred? one asks. Well, maybe Falk didn't want to overreach. In the meantime, the Palestinians are the most victimized people on earth." (Marty Peretz, at TNR)
It’s very simple. Bertrand Russell explained how public opinion tends to grant the oppressed a superior virtue. As though the oppressed have to deserve their freedom and rights, beyond their state of oppression. When, however, you deal with an oppressed entity like the Palestinians, with their unfortunate choices in favour of extreme and mindless violence as a way of solving problems, how can you, in good conscience, extol their superior virtue? So, in order to maintain the necessary moral imbalance between oppressor and oppressed, you show that, bad as Palestinians are, they are still superior to their enemy. How do you get about achieving that optical illusion? By stretching and exponentially amplifying any Israeli defensive or pre-emptive security measures, and couching it in Nazi terminology. Bad as Palestinians are, Israelis are much much worse, by orders of magnitude. Israelis are from the planet of Kruelty.
The “Special Rapporteur" can be quite Shakespearean in his choice of language, as can be glimpsed from the statement I highlighted in red, above. So inebriated he is with his own sanctimonious verbosity, that he fails to notice the ultimate in unintentional self-irony:
“It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
I'm pleased that Israel has finally decided to act with greater vigour and discard its pusillanimous tendency to welcome into its home any type of defamer out to destroy its reputation and the well-being of its people. It seems incredible that the UN would expect Israel to cooperate with someone like Falk.