Princeton University professor emeritus Richard Falk, who earlier this week called the Boston Marathon bombings retribution for “the American global domination project,” is described as the United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. What’s a rapporteur? A quick check of Twitter suggests it might be some form of circus performer or perhaps a feminine hygiene product.

In his post at the Foreign Policy Journal, Falk wrote that “as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy,” and he urged Americans to mediate on a line by poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done/Do evil in return.”

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice denounced Falk’s comments.

If spewing vitriol against Israel and the U.S. were a disqualifier, the United Nations building would empty out pretty quickly. But if even Rice believes it’s past time for Falk to go, why is he still there at the U.N.? Couldn’t he quietly fall back on his Ivy League teaching career?

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