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U.S. Judge McGowan Davis to Replace Schabas as Head of UN Gaza Inquiry (summaries of 2 articles from Daily Alert)

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U.S. Judge McGowan Davis to Replace Schabas as Head of UN Gaza Inquiry – Nick Cumming-Bruce
(dailyalert.org, Feb.4, 2015)

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday picked Mary McGowan Davis, a former justice of the New York State Supreme Court and one of the two remaining panel members, to take over as chairwoman after the resignation of William Schabas, a Canadian law professor. Schabas resigned after Israel accused him of a “blatant conflict of interest” for serving as a paid consultant to the Palestine Liberation Organization. (New York Times)


See also New Head of UN Inquiry into Gaza War Expected to Be More Balanced toward Israel – Barak Ravid

Mary McGowan Davis was head of the HRC’s committee that implemented the findings of the Goldstone fact-finding mission into Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2009. Israel cooperated with her and provided substantial documentation regarding Israel’s own inquiries into the operation. In her report, she found that “Israel devoted substantial resources to investigating more than 400 complaints of improper behavior in Gaza” and that the Israeli investigations were conducted appropriately. Her report was one of the influences that caused Goldstone to later recant some of the conclusions of his investigation. (Ha’aretz)

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