Israel has sharply criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s new three-person panel tasked with investigating possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the commission, chaired by Canadian international law expert William Schabas, is biased and made up of individuals with strong anti-Israel views.
“The Human Rights Council long ago became the Terrorists Rights Council and a kangaroo court, said the ministry in a statement. “The findings of its ‘investigations’ are predetermined.
“If further proof is needed, the appointment of the chairman of the committee, whose opinions and positions against Israel are well known, proves beyond any doubt that Israel cannot expect justice from such a body.”
Professor Schabas previously called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres to be tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague...Shabas claims that he isn't at all "anti-Israel." To which the only sensible retort is "ha!":
In 2011, Schabas went to Iran, to co-sponsor conferences with the Tehran-based Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, where he was keynote speaker. The center has close ties with former Iranian president President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Schabas said in a speech that he believes Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu should be "in the dock of an international court." He also wrote in a law journal article that the Israeli prime minister could be regarded as "the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel."Really, Bill? I would have thought that the person who most threatens Israel's survival at this time is Iran's Grandiose Ayatollah. But I can see why, given your history, you might not agree.