U.N. investigator accused of anti-Semitism won’t resign

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An embattled investigator for the United Nations whose reputation has been tainted by charges of anti-Semitism said Tuesday that he won’t resign and that he’s being unfairly targeted.

Richard A. Falk is the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights for the Palestinian territories. Calls have grown for his ouster after perceived critical remarks he made on terrorism and U.S. and Israeli policies, The Associated Press reported.

Specifically, U.N. Watch has called for him to resign, accusing him of anti-Semitism. The United States has followed suit, pushing him to resign, AP reported.

One example: Mr. Falk wrote an opinion article about the Boston bombings that suggested the terrorist attack was due to “America’s global domination,” AP reported.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decried the commentary, AP said.

Mr. Falk said in remarks to reporters in Geneva that he’s the target of a smear campaign and that he’s simply doing his job — and that “it’s important to distinguish criticism” from targeted attacks, AP reported.

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