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Canada Rejects Naming of Israeli General Chided by Kahan Commission

The Canadian government rejected Wednesday the appointment of Gen. Amos Yaron to be Military Attache at the Israel Embassy here. It was the first time Canada has refused to accept an Israeli diplomatic appointee.

External Affairs Minister Joe Clark said “The Canadian government considers the presence of Gen. Yaron as inappropriate.” He did not elaborate.

Yaron was one of the senior Israel Defense Force officers cited by the commission headed by Israel Supreme Court Justice Yitzhak Kahan in its investigation in 1983 of Israel’s conduct in the Lebanon war.

The commission found that Yaron stood by indifferently while Christian Phalangists allied with Israel massacred Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps near Beirut.

The commission recommended that Yaron be suspended and not appointed to any senior position for three years. The ban expired in 1986.

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