Canadian professor William Schabas, whose ability to judge Israel fairly as the lead United Nations Human Rights Council investigator of Operation Protective Edge has been heavily questioned, said that Israel’s opposition to the U.N. appointment would have been the same no matter who was chosen for the role.
Israel would object “even if Spiderman was heading the commission,” Schabas told the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.
“I will not resign. I do not hate Israel. I will put my prior positions aside,” he said.
In the past, Schabas has called for Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for human rights violations. Given Schabas’s history, the Israeli government has called the current U.N. probe a “kangaroo court.”