JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– The head of the UN's Gaza probe, Canadian legal expert William Schabas, said he would investigate possible Israeli human rights violations in Operation Protective Edge, but balked on Tuesday at clarifying whether his mandate included Hamas, the Jersualem Post reported.
He was asked about Hamas's inclusion during an interview with Channel 2. "I cannot tell you what the commission is going to do in terms of interpreting its mandate. I am only one member and I have not had a meeting with the other commissioners," Schabas said.
He spoke after his appointment Monday to head a three-member UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into events in Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem since the Hamas kidnapping of three Israeli teens on July 12.
"Do you consider Hamas a terrorist organization?" Channel 2 asked him.
"It would be inappropriate for me to answer a question like that," Schabas said, adding that it was important to "study this question in as neutral and objective a manner as possible."
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