Press: A Statement By Time

In its Feb. 21, 1983, cover story, "The Verdict Is Guilty," TIME reported that Israel's official commission of inquiry found that Ariel Sharon, then Defense Minister, and several other military officials shared an "indirect" responsibility for the massacre by Lebanese Phalangist soldiers of hundreds of civilians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila that began two days after the assassination of Lebanese President-elect Bashir Gemayel. In one paragraph of its article, TIME reported that a secret appendix to the commission's published report--known as Appendix B--contained "further details about Sharon's visit to the Gemayel family on the day after Bashir...

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