This is generally good but somewhat bitter news:
Why did William Schabas finally step down as chair of the UN inquiry on Gaza?Kudos to UN Watch and others who fought for the removal of the blighter.
The latest revelation that he was paid by the PLO for legal advice in 2012 was the last straw, but the decision came in wake of a sustained campaign by UN Watch starting from the day of his appointment, which included videos of Schabas calling for the indictment of Israeli leaders, a formal UN Watch legal brief demanding his recusal that was submitted to the UN in an official filing, and UN Watch op-eds urging legal scholars to speak out against the absurd appointment of Schabas. Many did so.
Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the UN Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into alleged war crimes during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.In other words, the timing of the resignation is not to change the so called "findings", which were doubtlessly predetermined from the moment Mr Schabas was assigned to the post. And the farce of resignation will lend the document a bit of the desperately needed credibility.
In a letter to the commission, a copy of which was seen by Reuters on Monday, Schabas said he will resign immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the preparation of the report and its findings, which are due to be published in March.