The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a Jewish professor, Richard A. Falk, who has compared Israel to Nazis, as the Human Rights Council's special investigator on Israel's policies in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Falk replaces John Dugard, who often labeled Israel's policies as apartheid. Falk also has stated that suicide bombings are a valid method for Arabs.
Falk "has disturbingly charged Israel with 'genocidal tendencies,' and accused it of trying to achieve security through 'state terrorism,'" according to Yitzchak Levanon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Last year Falk wrote, "It is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as 'holocaust'... Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not."
Canada, a member of the Human Rights Council, questioned the appointment of Falk. "Canada has serious concerns about whether the high standards established by the council...will be able to be met by this individual," said Marius Grinius, the Canadian delegate.