The United Nations has airbrushed George Clooney’s wife out of its history books, as a new report by the world body eliminates all mention of its ill-fated appointment of Ms. Amal Alamuddin last month as a member of its commission of inquiry on the Gaza conflict.
The U.N.’s August 11th announcement that the Hollywood star’s then-fiancee would serve on the probe made world headlines. Only hours later, however — possibly due to the immediate controversy that erupted over the the inquiry’s chair, William Schabas — Alamuddin abruptly withdrew.
UN Watch was the first to question the impartiality of Schabas due to his many prior statements calling to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes.
Alamuddin’s withdrawal was a significant embarrassment for the UN, which quickly replaced her with another woman, as the Palestinian ambassador said would happen.
In a new UN report summarizing the history of the probe, Alamuddin’s appointment and withdrawal are completely absent:
On 11 and 25 August 2014, the President of the Human Rights Council appointed William Schabas (Canada) as Chair, Doudou Diène (Senegal) and Mary McGowan Davis (United States of America) to serve as members on the Commission of Inquiry.