Updated: added Democracy Now’s report
The United Nation’s top human rights official has condemned Israel’s expulsion of Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories, from the country, calling it “unprecedented” and “deeply regrettable. Al Jazeera’s Ghida Fakhry spoke to Falk about his expulsion and the potential repercussions.
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Dec 17, 2008
Days After Calling Israeli Blockade of Gaza “A Crime Against Humanity,” UN Human Rights Investigator Richard Falk Detained, Expelled from Israel
The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Israel of “unprecedented and deeply regrettable” treatment of UN human rights investigator Richard Falk. Falk was deported from Israel Monday after being detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for twenty hours. Falk’s detention and expulsion came days after he condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a “flagrant and massive violation of international humanitarian law” and “Crime Against Humanity.” We speak to Falk about his detention and expulsion from Israel. [includes rush transcript]