Jewish Council for Public Affairs Calls for Impartiality in UN Human Rights Council Probe
As concerns mount around the appointment of William Schabas to head the United Nations Human Rights Council’s probe into Operation Protective Edge, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement on August 13, 2014:
“The Human Rights Council is charged with investigating issues without prejudice,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “A thorough, comprehensive investigation is absolutely necessary – but it must be fair. It is essential that each member of the panel be unbiased so that the integrity of the process cannot be called into question by either party. We are deeply concerned about the appointment of William Schabas to lead the UN Human Rights Council probe into Operation Protective Edge. The fact that Schabas has previously called for a war crimes trial of the Israeli Prime Minister and President calls into question this appointment. We’ve been to this rodeo before.”
“While we welcome Schabas’ statement that he will be impartial, his record suggests this may not be the case,” said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. “Surely, in the universe of people the UN could have selected, they could have found a panelist without such a troublesome track record. As it stands, we simply cannot fathom how the UN panel will carry out its duties fairlyand objectively. We urge the UN Human Rights Council to revisit its decision to engage Schabas and to also make certain that all the members of the panel it assemblesare beyond reproach in their impartiality.”
New Ad by Rabbi Shmuley’s This World Targets Replacement for Head of UN Gaza Commission
NEW YORK, NY (August 14, 2014) – In a continuing advertising campaign organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s organization, This World: The Values Network, which seeks to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, media, and culture as well as defend the State of Israel, another full page advertising campaign is being launched today with orders being placed with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in the United States, and The Guardian and the London Times in Great Britain, as well as many online news outlets.
The ad condemns the appointment of Canadian Professor William Schabas to head a United Nations commission to investigate Israel’s operations in Gaza. The ad further details the relationship between Schabas with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has publicly declared on countless occasions his intention to “wipe Israel off the map.”