Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:01 pm Breaking: Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict William Schabas to quit over Israeli bias claim
Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim
By Thomas Escritt
February 2, 2015
The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into alleged war crimes during Israel's military offensive in Gaza.
In a letter to the commission, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Schabas said he would step down immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the preparation of the report and its findings, which are due to be published in March. . . . [More]