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UN slams Israel for expelling UN rights envoy
Associated Press
2008-12-17 02:15 AM
The United Nations is criticizing Israel for detaining and expelling a U.N. human rights envoy investigating the Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

Israel says it stopped Richard Falk, the U.N Human Rights Council monitor for the Palestinian territories, at Ben-Gurion International Airport after he landed Sunday because it perceives him to be severely biased.

Falk, professor emeritus at Princeton University, has been unrelenting in his criticism of Israeli policies.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel's treatment of Falk was "unprecedented and deeply regrettable."

Her office said Falk traveled to Israel on his U.S. passport and with a certificate proving he was undertaking an official U.N. mission to the Palestinian territories.

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