UN Appoints Israel-Bashing Prof to Head Commission

Back when Goldstone was appointed, it was said that his being Jewish was meant as a fig leaf for the council’s hostile intentions toward Israel. This time the council is not even bothering with that sort of pretense. The problem, of course, is not that Schabas is not Jewish. It’s that appointing him to “investigate” Israel is like appointing the fox to “impartially investigate” the hens.

Schabas’s impartiality toward Israel can be gauged from some of the facts about him listed here by UN Watch. Among others:

  • In 2012 he said he would like to see Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu “within the dock of the International Criminal Court.”
  • In 2010 he said the same about Israel’s then-peacenik president Shimon Peres, asking, “Why are we going after the president of Sudan for Darfur and not the president of Israel for Gaza?”
  • In 2009 he urged the world to “ignore” notorious antisemitic statements by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying that those who “deserve the blame” are “Israel and its friends, who have manipulated the truth about the nature of the work of the United Nations….”

Got it, Professor Schabas. Sudan’s Bashir and Iran’s Ahmadinejad—off the hook; you know who the real criminals are.