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Legal expert quits panel investigating possible war crimes in Gaza

Legal expert quits panel investigating possible war crimes in Gaza

Facing Israeli charges of bias, international legal expert William Schabas resigned as head of a United Nations panel investigating allegations of war crimes during last summer's conflict in the Gaza Strip. The move came before an examination of Israeli complaints that Schabas' work in 2012 as a legal consultant for the Palestine Liberation Organization raised the possibility of prejudice. In his letter of resignation, Schabas said his “views on Israel and Palestine” were well known and that his work in defense of human rights has made him "a huge target of malicious attacks.”  In his letter, Schabas said he had been paid $1,300 to write a legal...

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