The Israeli government said Wednesday it will not cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council investigation into the most recent war in Gaza, calling it a "kangaroo court" because the chairman, Canadian William Schabas, according to Israel, has anti-Israeli bias.
"In view of the fact that the Schabas committee is not a fact-finding panel but an investigation whose results are pre-determined ... Israel will not cooperate with the committee," Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the U.N. would investigate with "obsessive hostility to Israel."
The U.N. group is supposed to make its first report on the war in Gaza in March, but that date could be postponed if Israel continues to resist cooperating. The U.N. is tasked with looking into the conduct of Israel and Hamas during the conflict in Gaza this summer that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and more than 70 Israelis.
In September, Israel said it had opened up investigations into its own operations in Gaza this summer, including the attacks that killed Palestinian children at U.N. funded schools. At least six schools were hit during the fighting.