Richard Falk

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(academic, 9-11/Dissident)
Born Richard Anderson Falk
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Harvard University
Religion Jewish
Spouse Hilal Elver
Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories

Employment.png United Nations Special Rapporteur

In office
26 March 2008 - 8 May 2014

Richard Anderson Falk (born November 13, 1930)[1] is a American academic. In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed him to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967."[2] Since his appointment he has been subjected to vicious criticism by US ambassador Susan Rice, various Israeli politicians and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon for his positions on the Israel-Palestinian conflict and for his 9-11 dissidence.


Falk has worked as professor of international law at Princeton University.[3] He is the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 volumes,[4]

Opinions on 9-11

In 2008, Falk posted the following on his personal blog:

“The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues. What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray Griffin(and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting in book after book ever since his authoritative The New Pearl Harbor in 2004 (updated in 2008). What may be more distressing than the apparent cover up is the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials. Is this silence a manifestation of fear or cooption, or part of an equally disturbing filter of self-censorship? Whatever it is, the result is the withering away of a participatory citizenry and the erosion of legitimate constitutional government. The forms persist, but the content is missing.”
Richard Falk (11 January 2008)  - [5]

In response, various people, including Susan E. Rice and Hillel Neuer called for his sacking.[6]

He was quoted on 911 Blogger in November 2008 that "Any close student of 9/11 is aware of the many serious discrepancies between the official version of what took place and the actual happenings on that fateful day in 2001."[7]


Documents by Richard Falk

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon from Richard Falkopen letter7 February 2016Israel
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Ban Ki-moon
On-the-button open letter from Richard Falk to Ban Ki-moon about Israeli attacks on the latter for his modest, reasonable and accurate criticism of Israeli policy - Schadenfreude would be understandable in light of Richard Falks experience at Moon's hands.
File:Un-escwa-israel-apartheid-report.pdfreport17 March 2017Apartheid
The Apartheid nature of the Israeli State in its treatment of its non-jewish Palestinian population

Event Witnessed

Truth And Reconciliation Committee on the Assassinations Of The 1960s21 January 2019 - Present


  1. American Jewish Archives website, p. 146 of listing of individuals by name.
  2. "Human Rights Council elects Advisory Committee Members and approves a number of Special Procedures mandate holders". United Nations. March 26, 2008. Archived from the original on January 1, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Martin Griffiths, Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations, Routledge 1999 p.74
  4. Dean’s Open Forum, Richard Falk, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, November 4, 2004.
  5. Internet Archive
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