[A follow up to this post.]
The Russell Tribunal is a combination of kangaroo court and theater:
Judge Richard Goldstone, writing in The New York Times in October 2011, said of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine that “It is not a ‘tribunal.’ The ‘evidence’ is going to be one-sided and the members of the ‘jury’ are critics whose harsh views of Israel are well known. In Israel, there is no apartheid. Nothing there comes close to the definition of apartheid under the 1998 Rome Statute.”
South African journalist and human rights activist Benjamin Pogrund, now living in Israel, described the Cape Town Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine as “It’s theatre: the actors know their parts and the result is known before they start. Israel is to be dragged into the mud.”
You can read more about the infernal beast here.
The relevance is that, as Legal Insurrection points out, the UNHRC’s newly appointed head of their anti-Israel inquiry, William Schabas, appeared before that tribunal.
In his appearance there, Schabas said this:
I recognize the value of enriching the debate with the use of “sociocide” but I am very concerned as John Dugard has mentioned that this opens up the chance for our enemies to attack us by suggesting that we’re acknowledging or admitting that the existing law is inadequate to describe the horrors that are being committed, and I don’t want to do that.
The context is that some people at the Russell Tribunal were complaining that Israel could not be said to be breaking international law as it stands, so instead of stretching the existing law to condemn Israel, they wanted to develop new law…
Schabas said he did not want to do that.
Look at his choice of words: “…our enemies…”
Who else can he mean, but Zionists or Israel – since that was the only target of the Russell Tribunal?
As the Elder points out (where you can see a video of Schabas in action):
Here, when not reading his prepared statements, Schabas reveals his bias for all to see. Anyone who disagrees with the aims of the Russell Tribunal – which is, anyone who says that Israel has the right to exist – is considered “our enemies.”
And now he will get a chance to judge the very people he considers, in his own words, to be his enemies.
That’s UN objectivity for you.
But, hey, he says now he is not anti-Israel, so never mind what else he ever said.
Here’s how he performed in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2:
Note: his explanation for calling Bibi Netanyahu his “favorite” to indict at the International Criminal Court was that Schabas was following the Goldstone Report.
- Netanyahu was not the Prime Minister then.
- Netanyahu isn’t mentioned anywhere in the report.
Ooops. Mr Schabas has, figuratively speaking, shot himself in the foot. (And, the knee, belly, and wrist.) The man’s credibility is rapidly reaching the bottom of the pit.
Make your own minds up. I wouldn’t let the lying bastard into the country.