NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARD OF JUSTICE
events have revolutionized international humanitarian law. Heads
of state are now being held accountable for their crimes. In 1998,
Britain arrested former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges
of genocide and terrorism. More recently, Serbia arrested former
President Slobodan Milosevic and deported him to the international
tribunal in The Hague to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against
humanity. And in June 2001, Palestinian and Lebanese survivors of
the 1982 massacre in the Beirut refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila
filed suit in a Belgian court against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon. The suit charges him with war crimes, crimes against humanity
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
York, June 23, 2001) -- A criminal investigation into Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharonīs role in the massacre of civilians in the
Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla should be launched,
Human Rights Watch urged today. The Israeli leader will meet
on Tuesday at the White House with President Bush. The call by Human
Rights Watch came as Prime Minister Sharon begins a visit to the
United States. The Israeli leaderīs visit here comes as controversy
mounts in Europe over his responsibility for the 1982 killings.
"There is abundant evidence that war crimes and crimes against humanity
were committed on a wide scale in the Sabra and Shatilla massacre,
but to date, not a single individual has been brought to justice,"
said Hanny Megally, executive director of the Middle East and North
Africa division of Human Rights Watch. "President Bush should urge
Prime Minister Sharon to cooperate with any investigation."
International urges investigation of Ariel Sharon (3 October, 2001)
A court in Brussels will today (3 October 2001) begin to consider
arguments about whether Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may
be investigated in Belgium for alleged war crimes committed in Lebanon
in 1982 while he was Israel's Minister of Defence. "Amnesty International
welcomes actions taken in accordance with international law to combat
impunity," said the organization. "We support the judicial investigation
into Ariel Sharon's responsibility with regard to the Sabra and
"[The Sabra and Shatilla killings was a] 'horrendous massacre'
that showed humanity had sunk to an excess of barbarism."
John Paul II (New York Times, September 27, 1982)
Babi Yar all over again and this time we're not innocent.
We Jews are not innocent. Israel and the Begin Government
. . . they are collaborators with terrorists."
Arnold Wolf KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago former
Jewish chaplan at Yale. (New York Times, September 22, 1982)