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February 4, 2015 4:49 pm

Former Head of UN Gaza Human Rights Probe Reportedly Lied About PLO-Linked Conflict of Interest

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Documents submitted by William Schabas to the UN suggest he lied about his professional links with the PLO. Photo: Twitter

William Schabas, the Canadian academic who this week resigned as the head of a a UN inquiry into the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas because of a conflict of interest involving the Palestine Liberation Organization, may have lied in the job application he submitted to the international body, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported.

In his resignation, Schabas stated  that he “was not requested to provide any details on any of my past statements and other activities concerning Palestine and Israel” – among those activities was a commission to write a legal brief for the PLO in 2012 for which he was paid $1,300.

However, Schabas’ application form – which has been posted on the Elder of Ziyon website – suggests that he wasn’t telling the truth in his resignation letter either.

Asked in the section on Ethics whether he was aware of any “…professional” or “…financial relationships” that compromise the investigation in any way, he replied, “No.” Asked whether there were any extraneous factors that might compromise his independence in the role, Schabas again replied, “No.” Finally, asked whether there was a reason to question his “moral authority,” and if he held any opinion which might “prejudice the manner” in which he discharged his mandate, Schabas said, “No.”

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Schabas was strongly attacked immediately after his resignation by both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who pointed out his numerous anti-Israel statements and the biased nature of his mandate. “I wasn’t insulted,” he retorted. “To be insulted you need to respect the people who criticize you, and I don’t have respect for them.”

New York jurist Mary McGowan Davis will now take over the UN’s probe, despite calls from Israel to shut the down the investigation entirely. McGowan Davis, who in 2010 served on a UN panel monitoring Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the recommendations of the since discredited Goldstone Report into the 2009 Gaza conflict, is reported by some analysts to be much more balanced than Schabas.

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  • As soon as I read the article in yesterday’s Times Of Israel I knew there had to be something this turncoat schmuck was hiding! And there’s probably much more that we don’t know about.

  • Robert Davis

    plo’s friends can only be liars,cheaters,thieves, hypocrits and more. Who else would associate with liars and murderers such as those master-mystifications liars?

  • victoria brandeis

    FIND A WAY TO WITH PURPOSE ‘REMOVE HIM FROM HIS STAND’

    I AM BELIEVING THE LIMITED RELATIONSHIP OF ARTICLES ON THIS BLOG DO NOT BALANCE THE MEDIA RESULTS YOUR ALGEMEINER IS SHOWING.

    UNBALANCED NEWS DOES NOT SUPPORT GOOD DEEDS….AS A FRUM JEWISH GRANNY AND A B’AL TSUVA…….ITS NOT HARD TO FIND ONES WAY …… IT IS JUST A JOURNEY.

    THERE SEEMS TO BE FEW PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY JUST SUPPORTING THEIR OWN…..’JEWS’…..THE WORLD HAS HELPED SEPARATE THE OTHERS FROM JEWISH MINDS…..IF EVERYONE STOPPED AND STAYED ON THEIR OWN TERRITORY IT WOULD REMAIN AS IS BUT ‘YOU’ WILL CHANGE……EACH DAY.

    THE WORRY IS FOR THE JEW ….. THE HEART STAYS WITH THE JEWS…..THE MIND CONCENTRATES ON THE JEWS….ALL IN GOOD HEED.

    LET THE MUSLIMS CHRISTIANS AND POLKA DOTTED PIGS MIND THEIR OWN RELIGIOUS OR LACK OF RELIGION…….

    THE JEWS STAND JUST FOR THEMSELVES ….IT IS NATURE.

  • Claude Myriam

    UN, UN Humans Rights and so on are of no use for the world. Money wasted that could be used much better

  • Schabas or Schabbos,like Goldstein, a Jew determined to prove he can be as hostile to Israel as any one, should never have been appointed. It was clear and public from the beginning that he was not neutral. Even if McGowen Davis is a great improvement, the evidence gathered and even the mandate itself have been poisoned. There is an investigation under the auspices of Ban Ki-moon and this should stand alone, with Schabas’s report scrapped.

    • Judith Goldstein

      No,it is not like Richard Goldstone. Schabas is a Canadian of Irish descent or at least from somewhere in the UK. He is not a Jew, thank goodness.

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    Oh, a lier? what a surprise full of jewish blood!

  • Straightshooter

    Why does this come as no surprise?

  • Do we really need another kangaroo court?

  • Jay

    I am sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Lieberman don’t have any respect for Schabas. So the feeling is mutual.

    As for Mary McGowan Davis taking over the probe. I wonder how balanced she is? I have my doubts that she is more balanced than her predecessor.

  • He got what he deserved.
    A lying biased cheating on his
    application no good SOB.
    Good riddence.
    Aufwiedersehn goodbye adieu
    Arrivederci and Shalom.

  • Sad …. very sad.

  • steven L

    What does it mean to be more balanced. Let see the real evidences from both sides knowing perfectly well that Pal will lie. Their witnesses are useless.

  • julian Clovelley

    Does writing a legal brief constitute a conflict of interests two years later, I’m not so sure. a legal brief is an assessment of a legal situation and a statement of a case in legal terms

    At senior law firm rates applicable to 2012 the fee of $1300 represents two hours work, hardly a sign of dedication to the PLO cause, and we do not even know the content of the brief which may well have been negative to the clients personal opinion.

    It seems to me that William Schabas has come under unjustifiable personal and professional attack whereas he has displayed integrity in stepping down rather than be a source of controversy

    Law is also about good manners, and respect.

  • dante

    schabas is so lacking in integrity, honesty, decency and insight that he seems like a perfect candidate for some UN or int’l or NGO post…there has to be something there for him…there’s got to be room for one more disgusting porker at that big trough.

    • Lynne T

      What about announcing well in advance of the appointment that he looked forward to being able to try Netanyahu for war crimes, dipstick.

  • Efram

    I have a sneaking suspicion that by more balanced it would be as if saying Mussolini was more balanced than Hitler.

    I am, of course, not surprised by this article. But I am dismayed by the certain yawns which will meet its disclosures.

  • Jack Holan

    He exhibits the traits of a man who is arrogant pompous spiteful he cannot control himself regardless of the circumstances. Quite frankly I don’t thInk he cared if the world knew his Anti-Israel sentiments because in his mind everyone harbors those beliefs but cloak them and if they are revealed he believed incorrectly that the World would turn a blind eye. i don’t understand why all they work isn’t being thrown out since it is tainted or suspect. In normal proceedings it would be a whole new process.

  • To posit we are fighting a “war” against Islamic terrorism is nonsense.

    The purpose of war is to take the heart out of the enemy by striking his strategic assets, his leaders, high-tech control networks, and any major weapons systems. Wiping out his cities and populations has long been a strategy that takes the fight out of enemies, endangers leaders and keeps them looking back over their shoulders. Our blood and treasure has been directed against their ignorant foot-soldiers and relatively small arms caches. The question which demands an answer is, why do we spend $millions to wipe out penny ante soldier-leaders and their cheap weapons?

    We have embarked upon this course because our leaders fear losing political power in a government “system” they have learned to master. Thus, the military action they chose is just enough to show they are “trying”. The real motivation is to be “politically correct”, thus, maintaining the status quo and position of power in a Big Government which allows people large compensation, benefits, and privileges. These leaders who are only concerned with political agendas need to be dumped for leaders who know how to totally destroy an enemy.

    Fear and greed are two of the greatest motivators which control man who is driven by survival genes that brought him thru long hardships on the planet. Terrorists are following the ages-old techniques of earliest “primitives”. By being viciously cruel and savage, they inspire disabling fear in any surviving competitor. The terrorist’s greed for power and privilege is easily directed back to his savage nature. Fear is removed in him by the false religious leader-driven conviction that there is honor and reward in killing innocents, and dying for Islam.

    Since there are few strategic physical assets or major control networks, we have to attack what’s left, the terror driving leadership. We attack the secular leaders, but fear that attacking the source of religious terror, in the mosques, will paint our leaders as savages, not the elite image they want. They “fear” to fight positively.

    The easiest and most effective strategy would be to induce great fear in their religious leaders of them losing their power and lives. If a force of unknown origin focused on the quiet disappearance of the most vocal and incendiary clerics that incite terrorism, there would not be foot soldiers to carry out the hate and terror. To quote Sun Tzu in The Art of War, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. Thus, if you cut off the many heads of the terrorist groups, there would be no terrorist groups to wage a war against.

    Just think about a better target and let us know.

    P.S. The best strategy against a snake is to crush its head!

    Can We Unmask Islam’s Ideology as false?

    The U.N. is an Antisemetic organization
    The U.N. Antisemitism agenda.
    This is all smoke and mirrors.
    The history of the U.N. in relationship to Israel which affects antisemitism worldwide, has been shameful and catastrophic.
    When you have an organization where a substantial part of its members are adamantly anti Israel and promote her destruction.
    Members who spew hate and violence.
    Members who consistently vote against Israel without justification or humane logic.
    An organization that finances terrorism and helps Hamas and its ilk to hide weapons and launch missiles from U.N. facilities against innocent civilians, men, women and children.
    Look at the history of U.N. resolutions against Israel and the resolutions against the terrorists organization confronting Israel.
    The U.N. an organization that is extremely biased against Israel.
    When you put members of states that violate human rights on a daily basis on the Human rights commission, that speaks volumes.
    I can go on and on.
    Need I say more.
    YJ Draiman

  • David Goshen

    Schabas’s resignation is obviously designed to release quickly the report which he has chaired because of his prior
    public announced bais views so as not to permit the new Chairwomen the chance of introducing any moderating views
    on the conflict.It is known that while Israel did not recognise officially the committee because of its chairmans declared bias ,several of those Israelies who suffered personal injuries or had suffered because of the aggression of Hamas in Gaza appeared before the Committee
    while many more submitted written evidince of huge war crimes of Hamas both leading up to the long period before the conflict ,during the conflict and subsequently to the cease fire while war crimes by Gaza Hamas continue unabated. All this vital evidence could have been ignored by Schabas who has presumably written his biased reportnot giving the new Chair woman a chance to introduce balancing views and major war crimes of Gaza Hamas which continue unabated to this day.

  • statcitizen

    Once again is demonstrated the moral, ethical, and intellectual bankruptcy of the UN Human Rights Commission and all those (individual and geopolitical) associated with it!

  • Ted Sternberg

    Is that Shabas as in Shabbat, or as in Shabaz?

  • Fred

    Poor Shabbas a paragon of truth & honesty. I like his last answer in your article . He is open in his dislike of Israel thus the Jews, A trusted man indeed.

  • Rick

    I like to get to the heart of issues. The heart of this article is “William Schabas, the Canadian academic who this week resigned as the head of a a UN inquiry”. Not who he is….not where he is from….but who he was working for….THE UNITED NATIONS. The UN is a farce, has always been a farce and will continue to be a farce. The UN is not for a free, peaceful society, but rather a society of slaves who answer to the elitist wishes. Do not accept any comments or efforts from the UN to be fruitful. Rather, anytime the members of the UN lips are moving….look upon them with suspicion.

  • Isabella1709

    There is a sickness that reaches far beyond anti-semetism with some of those like Schabas. His hatred knows no bounds and it is for all of Israel not just her leadership. Europeans have it and academics that should be able to be objective as they claim such superior intelligence, but they are every bit as bad as evidenced by his response to Bibi’s criticism. I can only call it a sickness, for lack of anything else.

  • Larry

    William Schabas—What a POS this Moron turned out to be. Enuf Said!

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