National Lawyers Guild Joins U.N. Rapporteur Calling for Investigation into Roots of U.S.-Targeting Terrorism

The National Lawyers Guild joins Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and special rapporteur to the United Nations, in calling for an investigation into the causes of acts of terrorism directed at the United States.

“Since before 9/11, the U.S. government has made a concerted effort to debunk any cause-and-effect relationship between United States foreign policy and foreign-based terrorism directed against the United States,” said NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian.

Professor Falk has been the subject of intense criticism for his April 21 remarks about the Boston Marathon bombing in Foreign Policy Journal. In “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders,” Professor Falk stated that the bombings were "blowback" for U.S. aggression abroad and support for oppressive regimes.

“The need for a critical examination of the longstanding U.S. foreign policy of war and unconditional support for governments with documented patterns of human rights violations, including Israel, cannot be overstated,” said NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani. “The U.S. government cannot continue to attack, torture, and kill people—directly or by proxy—while feigning ignorance about what’s driving the hostility it faces.”

Following Professor Falk's statement linking the Boston attacks to American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere, a number of Zionist extremist organizations and politicians mobilized to pressure U.S., U.N., and foreign government officials, including Canada and Britain, to denounce Professor Falk and seek his removal from his position as U.N. special rapporteur. The British mission issued a statement expressing concern about what it deemed Professor Falk’s “anti-Semitic” remarks. Israel has barred Falk from visiting the Palestinian territories because he has compared Israel's treatment of Palestinians to the horrors of Nazi Germany.

The National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has members in every state.