US slams UN expert's call for Israel-related boycott as 'irresponsible'

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“In short, businesses should not breach international humanitarian law provisions. Nor should they be complicit in any breaches. If they do, they may be subject to criminal or civil liability. And this liability can be extended to individual employees of such businesses.”

The U.S. delegation has repeatedly clashed with Falk over his alleged anti-Israeli bias and his suggestion of a U.S. role behind the Sept. 11 attacks, and Rice once again called on the U.N. to let him go.

“Throughout his tenure as Special Rapporteur, Mr. Falk has been highly biased and made offensive statements, including outrageous comments on the 9/11 attacks,” Rice said. “Mr. Falk’s recommendations do nothing to further a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and indeed poison the environment for peace. His continued service in the role of a UN Special Rapporteur is deeply regrettable and only damages the credibility of the UN.”

Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. He was appointed as special rapporteur in 2008 to a six-year term.