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  3/27/2014, Adar Bet 25, 5774

Arab States Pushing for Anti-Israel Ambassador to Replace Falk


Richard Falk, the UN’s “human rights expert” who probed Israel's conduct towards Palestinian Arabs and was known for his history of anti-Israel statements, is stepping down after serving his maximum term. His likely replacement, however, appears to be just as bad.

The Geneva-based UN Watch monitoring group exposed on Wednesday that a U.S. academic was vetted to become the next human rights monitor. However, under pressure from Arab states, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) president is planning to reject her appointment and instead appoint Indonesia's former UN ambassador, Makarim Wibisono.