Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Leader of War Crimes Inquiry Into 2014 Gaza Conflict Resigns

UNITED NATIONS — The chairman of a United Nations panel investigating possible war crimes in the 50-day Gaza conflict last summer resigned Monday, attributing the decision to Israeli accusations of personal bias that led to a formal inquiry over whether he should be removed.

The decision by the chairman, William Schabas, a Canadian law professor who had pledged to leave his “personal views at the door” when he undertook the Gaza inquiry last August, was conveyed to the United Nations Human Rights Council in a letter of resignation. News of the resignation was welcomed in Israel, where top leaders had called his appointment a farce.

They were particularly incensed over Professor Schabas’s declaration a few years ago that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel would be his “favorite” choice as a defendant at the International Criminal Court. Israel’s United Nations ambassador, Ron Prosor, equated the professor’s appointment with “choosing Count Dracula to run a blood bank.”
More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/world/middleeast/leader-of-war-crimes-inquiry-into-14-gaza-conflict-resigns.html

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