Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council's special rapporteur on the situation of Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, was denied entry to Israel, it emerged Monday.
Simona Halperin, the director of the Foreign Ministry's International Organization and Human Rights department, said that Falk was turned back since as rapporteur he was "illegitimate."
Halperin called Falk "completely unobjective," citing his comparisons of Israelis to Nazis and Israel's actions to the Holocaust, and as such, she said, he was "unwelcome."
Halperin said Israel sent Falk an e-mail on Saturday, but that he decided to make the trip in any case.
Just like an arrogant UN official to ignore the national sovereignty of a democratic state.
In June, Falk was granted a request to enter Israel, not as a rapporteur, but as an academic, in order to attend a conference at a Palestinian university.
Nevertheless, Falk used the trip to go to Ramallah and file a full report to the UN in which he was extremely critical of Israel.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Falk "does not try to advance human rights, but instead comes with his conclusions ready and those conclusions are of course extreme, methodical criticism of Israel and only of Israel."
Last week, Falk accused Israel of committing a crime against humanity with its policies in the Gaza Strip.
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