Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Israel blocks UN rights official

The Israeli authorities have prevented a senior UN human rights official from entering the country, accusing him of being seriously biased against it.

Israel has been angered by a series of comments by Richard Falk accusing it of war crimes and comparing its actions in Gaza to Nazi Germany in WWII.

Mr Falk was stopped at Tel Aviv airport on Sunday and sent back to the United States on Monday morning.

An official accused him of following a distorted, anti-Israeli mandate.

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