Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim




 
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February 3rd, 2015  
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Topic: Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim


By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into alleged war crimes during Israel's military offensive in Gaza. Schabas' departure highlights the sensitivity of the U.N. 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 Palestinian territories.

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