Rights organisation seeks arrest of former Israeli general

A British human rights organisation has filed a legal application for the arrest of a former Israeli general over alleged criminal behaviour and war crimes.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights in UK (AOHR UK) has requested that the British Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) commence an investigation and seek to arrest Israeli Major-General Elazar Stern over his negligence in failing to either prevent or investigate allegations of criminal behaviour.

AOHR said in a statement that “Major General Stern held a position of ‘Superior Responsibility’ in terms of the duty to prevent or punish and thus was obliged to either report instances of, or commission investigations into any instance of alleged criminal behaviour by troops under the command of the IDF”.

Stern took part in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was in Beirut during the Sabra and Shatila massacre. He also participated in several operations during the second intifada (2000-2005). He served as Chief of the Israeli army’s Education and Youth Corps before being appointed head of the Manpower Directorate. He is currently Member of Knesset for the Yesh Atid party.

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