Old tricks

The UN is up to its usual tricks again, I see. UN Watch points out one or two wee problems about the impartiality of the person appointed to head the kangaroo court the UNHRC instituted, one William Schabas.

UN Watch noted the following Schabas actions and statements:

– “My favorite would be Netanyahu within the dock of the International Criminal Court,” Schabas declared last year.

– Schabas was an active participant before a pro-Palestinian “tribunal” that, according to a New York Times op-ed by Judge Richard Goldstone, consisted of one-sided evidence and a jury composed of “critics whose harsh views of Israel are well known.”

– In a law journal article, Schabas wrote that Netanyahu could be considered “the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel.”

– A few years earlier, Schabas called for “going after” Israeli president Shimon Peres in the ICC, saying, “Why are we going after the president of Sudan for Darfur and not the president of Israel for Gaza?”

– In a 2009 blog post about the UN’s infamous Durban II conference on racism, Schabas urged the world not only to “ignore” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statements, but to stop “exaggerating” them. According to Schabas, 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 by gross exaggeration of the role and intervention of certain fanatics.” Schabas described Ahmadinejad as nothing more than a “provocative politician,” and not a torturer of dissidents, inciter of genocidal anti-Semitism, and arch-sponsor of terrorism.

– In 2011, Schabas went to Iran to co-sponsor conferences with the Tehran-based “Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity,” despite its intimate ties with the fundamentalist regime, and avowed propaganda agenda. The center’s director, Kamran Hashemi, a former political officer with Iran’s foreign ministry, wrote his Ph.D under Schabas at the Irish Center for Human Rights.

Schabas’s response, according to one source, was this:

“Like everybody inside and outside Israel, I disagree with people. Is everyone in Israel who has an opinion about (Benjamin) Netanyahu anti-Israel?”

This is deceit. It’s not about people in Israel, but about a person nominated to hold a post as a judge. You know the old saw about justice not only having to be done, but needing to be seen to be done? What judicial system appoints biased judges?

Notice, he does not deny his comments. Notice, he effectively thereby admits his bias.

It’s a disgusting state of affairs. At least some players on the world stage recognize this. But, once again, the UN’s name will be used as a stick with which to beat Israel. After all, we do know in advance what the outcome of the report will be.