web analytics
October 20, 2014 / 26 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



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.
Photo Credit: Gideon Markowicz / Flash 90

Kushmaro: “By the way, do you consider Hamas a terror organization?”

Silence.

And then Schabas sighed and said, “It would be inappropriate for me to answer a question like that, uh, given what I said earlier, about having to start basically with a blank sheet and start to study this question in as neutral and objective a manner as possible. It would be inappropriate for me,” he repeated, “given my position.”

There should be no difficulty on the part of the professor with regard to the legal status of Hamas. The entity is legally designated as a terrorist organization not only by Israel, but also by three of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

In addition, the entire European Union has officially designated Hamas to be a terrorist organization, as well as Jordan, Egypt, Australia, Japan and Canada – Schabas’s country of origin. The group is not, however, listed as a terrorist organization by Iran, Russia, Turkey, China, South Africa and many Arab nations. Russia and China are the other two permanent members of the UN Security Council. Kushmaro continued, “Professor Schabas, I’ll ask you again, why Israel should cooperate with your delegation.”

“I think it’s very important for Israel to cooperate. The allegations – here he raised his voice – uh, the specific allegations have a great deal to do with the use of force, the targeting and the proportionality of the targeting, the identification of military objectives. Israel has already spoken to this.

“It’s in the public domain, Israel has made statements saying first of all, we’re acting in self-defense about the Hamas rockets and when we use force in Gaza Israel’s position is that it is proportionate and that it is not targeting civilians. These are matters of public record.

“Now, it’s one thing to say that as a broad statement. It’s another thing to look at individual cases and see whether that’s actually accurate. It’s in Israel’s interest to be there in that discussion and to give its version of the events. If it doesn’t then that leaves a, uh, an unfortunate one-sided picture of it.”

Kushmaro asked Schabas why the United Nations imposes double standards on Israel. For example, the US carries out attacks in Iraq, Russia periodically attacks Chechnya and the NATO forces that were in Libya. Thousands of innocent civilians were killed each time. No one raised eyebrows in the United Nations, let alone demanded any investigations. Yet now Israel faces the second formal investigation into its defensive military actions against Gaza terrorist attacks aimed at its civilians in the past six years alone.

Politely, Kushmaro asked, “Isn’t it a double standard, professor?”

Another deep sigh. “You know, there are lots of double standards in the United Nations and lots of double standards at the international level. And as I explained, the fact that there haven’t been inquiries into some atrocities and some areas of violent conflict in the world is explained by the political balances and the relative strength of the powers, and that’s a very unfortunate situation. But it’s a fact of life. And different crises and different countries fare differently depending on where they are.

“Many people think there’s a double standard in the United Nations Security Council because Israel gets off rather light in the United Nations Security Council,” Schabas commented.

“The fact that there’s no inquiry into Russia or into the United States is obviously explained by the fact that those countries dominate not only the Security Council but also have a huge amount of political influence in bodies like the Human Rights Council. We unfortunately live with that as a reality in the world situation,” the UN investigator concluded.

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.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

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

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Will MK Hanin Zoabi risk her head and agree to fly to Syria to prove her point?
Arab MK Zoabi Says IDF ‘Worse than’ ISIS
Latest News Stories
May God grant their wish to be killed.

ISIS propaganda video warns “our grandchildren will sell your sons as slaves.”

Israeli medical personnel have been treating wounded Syrians caught in the civil war for more than two years.

At least eight civilians were killed in US-led coalition air strikes against ISIS in a Syrian town near Deir el-Zour.

IDF and Police at the scene were 2 IDF soldiers were injured in a Hezbollah attack on October 7, 2014.

Hezbollah guerrillas are back on Israel’s northern border even though they’re busy in Syria. The question is what they’re planning and when.

Let’s raise funds to send her to Syria where she can put some sense in her head, if it stays attached.

An Israeli and an Arab poll results after the war.

The long ordeal of the Armenian Orphan Rug, held hostage to fears of angering Turkey, has finally ended. Or has it?

Dr. Eli Harari will receive the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz criticized the decision to not charge the suspect with a hate crime.

Former White House official Ron Klain has been tapped to coordinate the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

The mountain trek of a lifetime has ended for Israeli hiker Michal Gili Charkesky, whose body was recovered from the Himalayas.

Yaakov Halul is Israel’s first official Aramean.

This time the false alarm was really false.

Jews once thrived in the Shiloach area of old Jerusalem, known also as Silwan. Arabs and British came and drove them out. Now, they have returned.

More Articles from Hana Levi Julian
Israeli medical personnel have been treating wounded Syrians caught in the civil war for more than two years.

At least eight civilians were killed in US-led coalition air strikes against ISIS in a Syrian town near Deir el-Zour.

IDF and Police at the scene were 2 IDF soldiers were injured in a Hezbollah attack on October 7, 2014.

Hezbollah guerrillas are back on Israel’s northern border even though they’re busy in Syria. The question is what they’re planning and when.

The mountain trek of a lifetime has ended for Israeli hiker Michal Gili Charkesky, whose body was recovered from the Himalayas.

Jews once thrived in the Shiloach area of old Jerusalem, known also as Silwan. Arabs and British came and drove them out. Now, they have returned.

A 56-year-old member of an international United Nations team has died of the lethal Ebola virus in a hospital in Leipzig, Germany.

Arabs hurl rocks at a Jerusalem bus carrying Israelis and tourists to the Western Wall while UN leader Ban Ki-moon laments damage he sees in Gaza.

The Jerusalem Light Rail is cutting its route in order to dodge Arab terror in the northern part of the city, at least for now.

Investigators are probing the cause of an explosion at a gas station Sunday night in a residential Jerusalem neighborhood.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/anti-israel-un-investigator-prof-william-schabas-cant-say-if-hamas-is-terrorist-entity/2014/08/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: