George Clooney’s fiancé, British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, has reportedly turned down an offer to sit on a U.N. panel which intends to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel against the Palestinians during the recent conflict in Gaza.
The New York Post reported that Alamuddin, who was born in Lebanon, was slated to join Senegal’s Doudou Dienne, who was the UN’s Special Rapporteur on contemporary racism from 2002-2008, and is known to be a strong Islamist, as well as Canada’s William Schabas, who is a genocide expert, on the panel.
But within just a few hours of being offered the position on the investigating committee Alamuddin politely turned down the offer, citing previous work commitments as her excuse:
“I am honored to have received the offer, but given existing commitments – including eight ongoing cases – unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors.”
Having been contacted by the U.N. on Monday morning, Alamuddin said that, while she was horrified by the situation in Gaza, in terms of the loss of human life, she declined to be part of the U.N. committee. She said: “I strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed.”
A report from the same body on a previous war in Gaza was discredited after the chairman, retired South African judge Richard Goldstone, withdrew his accusations and indicated that the conclusions of the group were flawed and inaccurate.
But perhaps Alamuddin declined the role for other reasons. It’s no secret that U.N. commissions — and the harshly worded condemnations which usually follow their ‘investigations’ — are nothing more than open anti-Semitism, aimed at the Jewish state.
If proof of this claim were needed, one need look no further than the statement of the proposed chairman, William Schabas, a Canadian professor of international human rights law — reported by Ynet — who wrote that Netanyahu could be considered “the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel.”
The question is, how can a commission of inquiry be set up to question how a member of the U.N. defended itself against an onslaught of thousands of rockets?Most of those rockets were purposely fired from within densely populated civilian area, including schools and mosques, in order to be able to retrospectively blame Israel for war crimes.
Perhaps Alamuddin, who was educated in Britain, knows that any group created by the U.N Human Rights Council is automatically opposed to Israel, and any and every action it takes in self defense.
What would Britain or the U.S. do if barrages of rockets were threatening their population for extended periods of time? Would they sit back and allow their fellow citizens, men, woman and children, to be killed for fear of a forthcoming U.N. probe?
Or is it more likely that they would do whatever it takes to save lives, while trying to weed out the unscrupulous people who cynically use their own citizens, woman and children, as human shields with the full knowledge that they will likely be killed or injured by Israel in retaliatory strikes?
As we will no doubt see, when the new commission completes its findings next March, Israel will be blamed for war crimes for the unthinkable sin of defending its own citizens from terror attacks.
It the current talks in Cairo to extend the ceasefire don’t succeed, there could be another War in Gaza before they manage to report on the last one.
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