by Gil Ronen
The revelation that Schabas previously did legal work for the PLO raises numerous questions, which should be publicly and transparently addressed by the UNHRC, said NGO Monitor.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg
The United Nations should suspend its investigation into Israel and immediately investigate the disturbing revelations of its own incompetence and bias, it added.
"The damage has been done. William Schabas, whose bias against Israel was well established, should never have been appointed in the first place," said Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. "Since the Commission has completed its fact-finding stage, the final report will be tainted by Schabas' leadership until this point."
The revelation that Schabas previously did legal work for the PLO raises numerous questions, which should be publicly and transparently addressed by the UNHRC, said NGO Monitor:
- What other conflicts of interest did Schabas not disclose?
- What connections and consultancies did Schabas have with politicized NGOs such as Amnesty International and what role did these NGOs have in the UN "investigation"?
- How did the UN's vetting process fail? According to news reports, Schabas "was not asked to detail his consultancy work when he was appointed."
- If UN officials were previously aware of Schabas' connections to the PLO, why was this information not disclosed earlier?
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