Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon
The UN announced that the chair of the new UNHRC commission to damn Israel - essentially, Goldstone II - is William Schabas.

UN Watch already describes why William Schabas is biased against Israel. And, as Legal Insurrection notes,  he was a participant in the kangaroo court "Russell Tribunal on Palestine" along with many anti-Israel crackpots like Roger Waters and Cynthia McKinney.

Schabas's words at the Russell proceedings are quite instructive. Even as he tried to portray himself as merely an advocate of international law, his statements made it clear that he wanted to expand the scope of international law in ways that it was never meant to go, specifically to go after Israel.



His talk was on something called "sociocide." one of the new terms created specifically to damn Israel, this time for supposedly destroying a Palestinian society that never existed. Schabas was clearly uncomfortable with creating such a new category.

Schabas starts off by saying:
I would have been inclined to speak about crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression, all of which I think it can be shown have been perpetrated at various times during the history of the state of Israel.

He goes on to say that he feels that this new idea of "sociocide," and another one later called "ecocide" that was also made up to damn Israel, fits better under existing interpretations of international law - and under the concept of "genocide" itself - rather than to become new categories.

Schabas goes on to happily admit that he wants to change existing international law standards, by finding the right judges in the right venues to issue the right decisions that would all be used to extend existing laws in ways to go after Israel.

At the very end he agreed with John Dugard - another racist who twists concepts of international law against Israel. Dugard expressed concern about using a new concept instead of stretching existing international law concepts in ways to specifically damn Israel.

Schabas said:
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.
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.

(See also My Right Word.)

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