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Wed Apr 17 06:58:49 MDT 2002
Israel faces rage over 'massacre'
London and Brussels politicians demand UN investigation of Jenin allegations
Ian Black in Brussels, Ewen MacAskill and Nicholas Watt
Wednesday April 17, 2002
Israel's international reputation slumped to its lowest point for two
decades yesterday, amid condemnation in Britain and Europe of the Israeli
army's behaviour at the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin in the West Bank.
There were calls for a United Nations-led inquiry into allegations that the
Israeli army carried out a massacre and that its soldiers were guilty of
war crimes. Senior politicians lined up in London and Brussels to express
The European Union's external relations commissioner, Chris Patten, in an
interview with the Guardian, said Israel must accept a UN investigation of
alleged atrocities against Palestinians or face "colossal damage" to its
In a Commons debate, Gerald Kaufman, the veteran Labour MP who is Britain's
most prominent Jewish parliamentarian, launched a ferocious attack on the
Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, denouncing him as a "war criminal".
With MPs on both sides of the Commons condemning the Israeli incursion, Mr
Kaufman said Mr Sharon had "ordered his troops to use methods of barbarism
against the Palestinians".
Expressing fear that something dreadful had happened in Jenin, he said: "It
is time to remind Sharon that the Star of David belongs to all Jews and not
to his repulsive government. His actions are staining the Star of David
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