A leading human rights group has condemned Palestinian suicide bombings as crimes against humanity.
A strongly-worded report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch says those who plan such attacks - which have killed scores of Israeli citizens over the past two years - should face criminal investigation.
Human Rights Watch report
The group says that even during a time of conflict, all attacks against civilians are crimes against humanity and should be treated as such.
Its report - entitled Erased in a Moment - concludes that those who carry out suicide bombings are not "martyrs" but war criminals, as are people who plan such attacks
Arafat and the Palestinian Authority took no effective action to bring to justice those who incited, planned or assisted in carrying out bombings and other attacks on Israeli civilians