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Richard Falk


An Open Letter of Response to CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France)

[Logo for CRIF's upcoming convention, 13 January 2013. Image from]

An Open Letter of Response to CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France): I am shocked and saddened that your organization would label me as an anti-Semite and self-hating Jew. It is utterly defamatory, and such allegations are entirely based on distortions of what I believe and what I have done. To confuse my criticisms of Israel with self-hatred of myself as a Jew or with hatred of Jews is a calumny. I have long been a critic of ...

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Roundtable on Targeted Killing: A Meditation on Reciprocity and Self-Defense in Relation to Targeted Killing

[A Predator drone in US Air Force base during the summer of 2011. Image by US Air Force]

[This is the second part of a six-part series associated with a Jadaliyya roundtable discussing targeted killings . Participants include Richard Falk, Nathan Freed Wessler, Pardiss Kabriaei, Leonard Small, and Lisa Hajjar. Click here for the introduction to the roundtable.]  There is an emergent Israeli/American controversy on the lawfulness of targeted killing. Although the policy has not yet ripened into a national debate, in the ...

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Saving Khader Adnan's Life Saves Our Own Soul

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The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze as Khader Asnan enters his sixty-third day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison being held under an administrative detention order without trial, without charges, and without any indication of the evidence against him. From the outset of his brutal arrest by scores of soldiers, featuring blindfolding, cuffing, and physical roughness in the middle of the night, a gratuitous ritual enacted in the presence of his wife ...

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Review Roundtable Part I: Goldstone and International Law

The Goldstone Report gained its prominence because of its UN auspices and the high credibility of Richard Goldstone as the Chair of the Fact Finding Mission appointed by the Human Rights Council. Other reputable inquiries (John Dugard’s parallel mission set up by the Arab League, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch), aside from a host of journalistic and credible eyewitness accounts, converged on the overall criminality under international law of Operation Cast Lead. ...

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Richard Falk


Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Falk has been Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council since 2008, and served on a panel of experts appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly in 2008-2009. He is also a member of the editorial board of several journals and magazines, including the American Journal of International Law, Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, The Nation, and The Progressive. Among his many books are: The Role of Domestic Courts in the International Legal Order; Legal Order in a Violent World; The Status of Law in International Society; The Vietnam War and International Law; This Endangered Planet: Prospects and Proposals for Human Survival; Law in an Emerging Global Village: A Post-Westphalian Perspective; Predatory Globalization: A Critique; Human Rights Horizons; Religion and Humane Global Governance; The Great Terror War; The Declining World Order: America’s Neoimperial Geopolitics; The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports Foreign Policy (with Howard Friel); Crimes of War: Iraq (edited with R.J. Lifton and Irene Gendzier); Israel-Palestine on the Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (with Howard Friel); The Costs of War: International Law, the UN, and World Order after Iraq; Human Rights: Critical Concepts in Political Science (edited with Hilal Elver and Lisa Hajjar); At the Nuclear Precipice (edited with David Krieger); and Achieving Human Rights.