Letter to UN Sec-Gen on appointment of William Schabas 12 Aug 2014

Letter to UN Sec-Gen on appointment of William Schabas

Appointed by the UNHRC to chair the Gaza commission of inquiry

8/12/2014

It is a complete travesty of justice to invite one of the most outspoken critics of Israel to serve as its judge and jury. His selection is a disgraceful stain on the values that the UN claims to stand for.

 
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Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor submitted the following letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the UNHRC appointment of William Schabas to chair the Gaza commission of inquiry:

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General 
United Nations
New York

Excellency,

Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) set a new record for anti-Israel bias and proved once again, that it would be better named the “Human Wrongs Council.” It is a complete travesty of justice to invite one of the most outspoken critics of Israel to serve as its judge and jury. This is like inviting ISIS to chair the UN’s World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The selection of William Schabas to chair the Gaza commission of inquiry is an utter farce. The only inquiry taking place should be an inquiry into how a vehemently anti-Israel chair was selected to lead a UN commission investigating Israel.

Mr. Schabas’s agenda is clear. He has repeatedly called for the prosecution of Prime Minister Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres saying, “My favorite would be Netanyahu within the dock of the International Criminal Court.”

In light of his hate-fuelled rants, one doesn’t need to be a fortune teller to predict the outcome of any inquiry led by Mr. Schabas. Furthermore, the exploitation of the UNHRC by some of the world’s worst human rights abusers is a grave misfortune for the millions of oppressed people around the world. While the Council is singularly focused on its anti-Israeli agenda, the world’s most murderous tyrants continue brutalizing their people. 

I call on you to publically denounce the appointment of Mr. Schabas.  His selection is a disgraceful stain on the values that the UN claims to stand for. 

Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Yours truly,

Ron Prosor
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

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