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JERUSALEM — The appointment by the United Nations of an outspoken critic of Israel to head a commission investigating alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza has been termed “a complete travesty of justice” by Israel’s ambassador to the UN.

Ambassador Ron Prosor was protesting the appointment of William Schabas, a Canadian jurist and lecturer on international law, to the post.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prosor said: “In light of his hate-fueled rants, one doesn’t need to be a fortune teller to predict the outcome of any inquiry led by Mr. Schabas.”

In a tape shown on Israel’s Channel Two last night, Schabas is heard telling colleagues last year that the person he would most like to see tried by the International Court of Justice in the Hague was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also suggested that then Israeli President Shimon Peres be tried.

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