Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press
| Oct 26, 2012 3:06 PM ET
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Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press / Cem Turkel / AFP / Getty Images This week, the UN’s Richard Falk, right, called for a boycott of companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they meet international rights standards. John Baird, left, said Falk’s latest report is part of a pattern of bias towards Israel.
GATINEAU, Que. — A United Nations special investigator’s latest criticism of Israel’s conduct towards the Palestinians is part of a disturbing pattern, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird charged Friday.
Baird’s remarks marked the latest example of two of the most firmly planted pillars of Canadian foreign policy under the Conservatives: A defence of Israel and criticism of the UN.
Canada joined Israel and the United States in calling for the removal of Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.
This week, Falk called for a boycott of companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they meet international rights standards.
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