William Schabas Resigns from UN Inquiry into
Israeli War Crimes in Gaza, Under Israeli Pressure
February 3, 2015
IOF troops violently disband peaceful anti-Israel rally in
Schabas to resign from UN inquiry into Israeli aggression
January 3, 2015
The head of a U.N. inquiry into the last Israeli aggression on Gaza
William Schabas said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations
of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO), Reuters news agency revealed.
Canadian academic who lives in Britain and teaches international law at
Middlesex University, was appointed last August by the head of the UN
Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into Israel's
war crimes during its last summer military offensive against Gaza.
In a letter to the commission, a copy of which was published by
Reuters, Schabas said on Monday 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.
departure highlights the sensitivity of the UN investigation just weeks
after prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague said
they had started a preliminary inquiry into alleged atrocities in the
In the letter, Schabas said a legal
opinion he wrote for the PLO in 2012, for which he was paid $1,300, was
not different from advice he had given to many other governments and
"My views on Israel and Palestine as well as on
many other issues were well known and very public," he wrote. "This work
in defense of human rights appears to have made me a huge target for
Israel had long criticized Schabas's
appointment, citing his record as a strong critic of the Jewish state
and its current political leadership.
Schabas said his work for
the PLO had prompted the Human Rights Council's executive on Monday to
seek legal advice about his position from U.N. headquarters.
believe that it is difficult for the work to continue while a procedure
is underway to consider whether the chair of the commission should be
removed," he continued.
The commission had largely finished
gathering evidence and had begun writing the report, he added.
The appointment of Schabas was welcomed at the time by Hamas but was
harshly criticized by Jewish groups in the United States.
had said at the time he was determined to put aside any views about
"things that have gone on in the past".
Israeli officials, settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque
February 3, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
A group of Jewish settlers and officials headed by the Israeli police
commander stormed Tuesday morning al-Aqsa Mosque and launched
provocative desecration tours in its plaza.
Nearly 20 Jewish
settlers along with 15 Israeli officials broke into al-Aqsa Mosque this
morning from al-Magaribeh gate under heavy police protection,
In the same context, a Palestinian report
revealed that 956 Israeli settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque during
January, while Israeli daily attacks against Palestinian worshipers were
registered in the same period.
The data showed that during
January 25 Palestinians were prevented from having access to the holy
shrine for 15-60 days.
During the reporting period, two
Palestinian Islamic associations working on the defense of al-Aqsa
Mosque within the Green Line were shut down following a decision by
Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon.
The report pointed out that
break-ins into al-Aqsa Mosque have been notably invested by political
parties prior to the projected March elections in Israel.
Israeli attempts were also reported during January to launch a remotely
controlled flying device with camera over the Mosque's compound.
Along the same line, Israeli media sources unveiled an Israeli plan to
register Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque as an Israeli state property to be
officially run by the so-called Tabu (land registration) office as a
prelude for establishing a Jewish synagogue over parts of the holy site.
3 students among 5 detainees in J’lem
February 3, 2015,
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
Violent clashes broke out Monday evening in Tur town i occupied
Jerusalem when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) were deployed in large
numbers in the vicinity of a local school.
Information Center reported that IOF soldiers were stationed near the
school while students were leaving their classes after the end of the
school day, which led to the outbreak of confrontation in the area.
A 10-year-old boy was arrested during the clashes for allegedly
stoning Israeli soldiers. By-passers tried to release him but in vain.
Two other young men were also nabbed amid heavy fire of tear gas
bombs towards the students while leaving the school.
same line, the center quoted Addameer Foundation as stating that two
Jerusalemite children were nabbed in Silwan town after the school day
IOF troops violently disband peaceful anti-Israel rally
Feb 3, 2015
Clashes broke out afternoon Monday between the Israeli occupation
forces (IOF) and a group of Palestinian activists after the latter
rallied in protest at a visit to be paid by the Israeli president Reuven
Rivlin to the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil.
activists said heavy volleys of tear gas grenades and rubber bullets
were unleashed by the Israeli occupation troops on the peaceful
Palestinian protesters who flocked in Bab al-Zaouia, near al-Shuhada'a
street in al-Khalil, in protest at Rivlin’s projected stopover in the
A number of peaceful Palestinian rally-goers sustained
injuries and others choked on tear gas as the IOF violently disbanded
Rivlin’s projected visit falls in line with intents to
prop up Judaization schemes in al-Khalil city, the activists further
The Mayor of al-Khalil, Kamel Hamid, slammed the intended
visit, dubbing it an attempt to legitimize the Israeli occupation and
boost up illegal settlement in the city.
“This is a blow dealt by
the extremist Israeli government to the efforts made by the
international community to restore peace and Palestinians’ legitimate
right to rule their state freely and independently,” the mayor said.
“This is also a barefaced violation of Israel’s obligations as an
occupying power under international law,” he added.
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