• Short Summary

    NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA/BEIRUT, LEBANON/JERUSALEM

    Israel's former defence minister, retired General Ariel Sharon, has launched a fifty million US dollar libel action against Time Magazine to prove ha did not conspire in the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in two West Beirut refugee camps.

  • Description

    NEW YORK: (NOVEMBER 13:) (EUROVISION):
    1. SV Ariel Sharon arriving at court-house 0.05
    LEBANON: (SEPTEMBER, 1982):
    2. GV Israeli army convoy driving down road 0.09
    3. GV Funeral of Bashir Gemayel 0.15
    4. SVs Aftermath of massacres in Sabra and Chatilla camps (3 shots) 0.19
    JERUSALEM: (FILE):
    5. SVs Israeli Kahan Commission into Camp deaths (2 shots) 0.27
    NEW YORK: (FILE)
    6. SV ZOOM INTO CUs Cover of "Time" magazine. Article in magazine on Sharon (MUTE) (3 shots) 0.42
    NEW YORK: (NOVEMBER 13): (EUROVISION)
    7. SCU Time Magazine spokesman Michael Luftman speaking (SOT) 0.50
    8. SCU Attorney to Mr. Sharon, Milton Gould, speaking (SOT) 1.03
    9. SV UP TO SV & SVs Artist's impression of court-room (3 shots) 1.13
    10. SV Ariel Sharon and supporters leave court-house 1.19
    TRANSCRIPT:
    LUFTMAN: (SEQ. SEVEN): "We think that what was reported, and what is in the magazine, is accurate, and that's the crux of the case."
    GOULD: (SEQ. EIGHT): "When the allegation is made in what seems to be a responsible publication that a Jewish general conspired with a bunch of Arabs to kill other Arabs, I think there's a reason for doing what we're doing."
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    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER RICHARD VALERIANI WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.PART EUROVISION RECORDING
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA/BEIRUT, LEBANON/JERUSALEM

    Israel's former defence minister, retired General Ariel Sharon, has launched a fifty million US dollar libel action against Time Magazine to prove ha did not conspire in the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in two West Beirut refugee camps. Sharon's law suit, filed in New York City's Federal Court, opened on November 13 with the former military hero's lawyer, Michael Gould, saying that the influential magazine accused his client of "mass murder". In its February 21, 1983, issue the magazine quoted Sharon as having testified before an Israeli government investigative commission -- the Kahan Commission -- with information that he reputedly discussed with Lebanon's Gemayel family (whose son Bashir was murdered several days before being sworn in as president) the need to take revenge for Bashir's assassination. The commission later held that Sharon, currently industry minister in Prime Minister Shimon Peres's coalition government, bore an "indirect responsibility" for the massacre by not anticipating possible Christian retribution against Beirut-based Palestinians. In the resulting slaughter, hundreds of Palestinian civilians were killed indiscriminately. One of Time Magazine's spokesmen defended the journal's report as published, and indicated that Time is mounting a vigorous defence. The Sharon libel suit is reportedly the second largest in U.S legal history, surpassed only by the concurrent--and precedent-setting-trial instituted by the United States' former military commander in Vietnam, retired General william Westmoreland, currently pressing a 120 million US dollar action against the CBS television network.

    Source: NBC (U)

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    Film ID:
    VLVADN50ODZRTPFLDAB1YL57H86S4
    Media URN:
    VLVADN50ODZRTPFLDAB1YL57H86S4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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