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Anti-Israel UN Investigator Prof. William Schabas ‘Can’t Say’ If Hamas is Terrorist Entity

Prof. William Schabas also says some people 'believe Israel 'gets off easy' at the UN Security Council.'''
An elderly man takes cover when a Code Red rocket alert warns of an incoming Hamas M75 missile attack on Tel Aviv.

An elderly man takes cover when a Code Red rocket alert warns of an incoming Hamas M75 missile attack on Tel Aviv.
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The man chosen to head the United Nations Human Rights Council’s latest probe into the war in Gaza won’t state clearly whether Hamas is a terror group. Moreoever, he says “some believe Israel ‘gets off easy’ at the UN Security Council.”

International Law Professor William Schabas, appointed to head the UNHRC probe into Operation Protective Edge, also claimed in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television news anchor Danny Kushmaro Tuesday that past comments he has made on the record, accusing Israel’s government leaders of war crimes were “exaggerated.”

Schabas was questioned about his alleged bias against Israel, which has led the foreign ministry to advise the prime minister not to cooperate with the investigation.

The man selected to investigate Israel’s counter terror operation against Hamas and allied terrorists in Gaza, Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem this summer said a year ago that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be his choice of a leader to send to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

Israel’s Channel 2 television news anchor Danny Kushmaro began the interview with a polite, if not cordial tone.

“Good evening Professor Schabas. Shall we say congratulations?”

“Uh… perhaps,” Schabas answered carefully.

Kushmaro then went right for the jugular, asking the UN investigator about his suggestion that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be his “favorite” world leader to be brought before the International Criminal Court at The Hague to face war crimes charges.

“Not President Assad of Syria, Not Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal – you said, ‘Netanyahu.’ Can you explain why?’ the interviewer asked pointedly.

Schabas looked uncomfortable.

“We were having a discussion about the International Criminal Court,” he said, “and the fact that the International Criminal Court had focused all of its attention on African countries. I had referred to a statement by Archbishop Tutu, where he had said, ‘Tony Blair should be brought before the International Criminal Court to show that it can deal with Western countries as well as with countries from the south, and particularly from Africa.

“And so I said, well, uh, my favorite would be Netanyahu. I was, of course, echoing what was in the Goldstone Report, which is that the International Criminal Court should deal with the conclusions of the Goldstone Report, concluding the possibility that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during Operation Cast Lead.

“But as you know the International Criminal Court never did address those matters. So that was the context of my comment.”

Finance Minister Yair Lapid quickly pointed out in subsequent comments that the Goldstone Report was compiled during the administration of then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, not Netanyahu.

Schabas has also said he believes that former President Shimon Peres should stand trial before the Court as well.

The interviewer asked him whether he, as a professor of international law, would advise his own client to cooperate with “such an investigation” given what he had just heard.

“I think this is a great exaggeration of some of the statements. I expressed opinions about political leaders in the past. Is there a human being in Israel who’s never expressed political opinions about leaders in Israel? Once someone who sits in a commission or as a judge has to do is to put these things behind them, and start fresh, and this is of course what I intend to do.”

Kushmaro: Do you plan to investigate Hamas crimes as well? Are you really able to investigate a terror organization who threatens its own people?

Schabas: “I cannot tell you what the commission is going to do in terms of interpreting its mandate because I’m only one member and I haven’t had a meeting with the other commissioners. We will have to agree on the interpretation…

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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28 Responses to “Anti-Israel UN Investigator Prof. William Schabas ‘Can’t Say’ If Hamas is Terrorist Entity”

  1. Cacao Blanc says:

    William Schabas got to hell the doors are big open for you

  2. He can ask me. I will tell him that yes, it is.

  3. HAMAS ARE TERRORISTS A$$ HOLES IN THE UNITED NATIONS

  4. Mohd Kamal Malaysia has a missing plane and one plane that was blown out of the sky and you still want to be against Israel?

  5. Joanne Adams says:

    Is he high or just plain stupid??

  6. Evelyn – MK is a known piece of s**t muzzie.

  7. Maybe, highly paid to do the job against Israel?

  8. Schabas is not an idiot. He is an anti-Semite.

  9. Perhaps he will fall off his chair while drunk and be incapacitated then go into an alcohol detox program

  10. It makes him calculating. I don’t fear idiots as much as I fear the calculating hatred he has for Jews.

  11. Hamas UN is terrorists..!!!!

  12. Hamas UN is terrorists..!!!!

  13. Judy Klein says:

    Oh that’s really fair and unbiased. Down the same path as with Arafat…. Terrorist to statesman….really?! They remain terrorists and stupid, ignorant, naive people legitimize them. There goes the world….

  14. Judy Klein says:

    Oh that’s really fair and unbiased. Down the same path as with Arafat…. Terrorist to statesman….really?! They remain terrorists and stupid, ignorant, naive people legitimize them. There goes the world….

  15. That’s awfull I support Israel

  16. Maybe when one of them crucifies him he’ll get a better idea.

  17. Elisa Simon says:

    What a joke! Dismantle the UN. What a worthless, biased and anti-Semitic organization!

  18. Julia Bailey says:

    God be with Israel.

  19. Julia Bailey says:

    God be with Israel.

  20. Shelley Lang says:

    He quotes the Goldstone report which has been repudiated in large part by Goldstone himself, who said he was given false information

  21. Obi Sunny says:

    can’t you understand his name schumbag!!how the hell do you expect him to discern b/w good people of israel & hamas terrorists

  22. Obi Sunny says:

    can’t you understand his name schumbag!!how the hell do you expect him to discern b/w good people of israel & hamas terrorists

  23. Obi Sunny says:

    can’t you understand his name schumbag!!how the hell do you expect him to discern b/w good people of israel & hamas terrorists

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