UN expert stands by comparison Israel to Nazis

Richard Falk, UN official appointed to investigate Israeli human rights violations, defended statements he made last summer equating Israel's treatment of Palestinians with Nazi treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

UN expert stands by comparison Israel to Nazis

Richard Falk, the United Nations official appointed to investigate Israeli human rights violations, defended statements he made last summer equating Israel's treatment of Palestinians with Nazi treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk is scheduled to take up his post with the UN Human Rights Council in May.

But the Israel Foreign Ministry said it will not give Falk a visa to enter Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, at least until a September meeting of the council, accordingt to Haarezt report.

According to a Tuesday posting on the British Broadcasting Corporation's Web site, Falk defended statements he made last summer equating Israel's treatment of Palestinians with Nazi treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

He told BBC News that Israel has been unfairly shielded from international criticism.

About 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War II in an effort to liquidate all of Europe's Jews.

The council's previous investigator, John Dugard from South Africa, had compared Israeli treatment of Palestinians to apartheid, the discriminatory policy of the previous white regime in South Africa toward blacks.

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