Milana al-Burji, 70, shows the pictures of her three children and husband who were killed in the Sabra and Shatila massacre, as she speaks to journalists in Sabra, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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While Palestinians and many Lebanese celebrated the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, most Lebanese politicians, including Israel's former allies in Lebanon, maintained a conspicuous silence on the news, shedding light on the long shadow cast by one of the most contentious aspects of Lebanon's Civil War.Mallat said Hezbollah's lack of comment was because the group was under indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and that they feared international justice.He said that in light of the deterioration of Lebanon's security, the death of Sharon and his role in the refugee camp massacres was not a high priority for Lebanese politicians. The Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson, said over the weekend it was a "shame" that Sharon "has gone to his grave without facing justice for his role in Sabra and [Shatila] and other abuses".News of his death was greeted with delight in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon.
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