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Every time we do something, you [Shimon Peres] tell me America will do this and will do that... I want to tell you something very clear: Dont worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.
Israeli Prime Minister
Knesset, Tel Aviv, October 3, 2001
Return of the Terrorist:
The Crimes of Ariel Sharon
February 7, 2001
Some incorrigible optimists have suggested that only a right-wing extremist of the notoriety of Likud leader Ariel Sharon will have the credentials to broker any sort of lasting settlement with the Palestinians. Maybe so. History is not devoid of such examples. But Sharon?
Sharons history offers a monochromatic record of moral corruption, with a documented record of war crimes going back to the early 1950s. He was born in 1928 and as a young man joined the Haganah, the underground military organization of Israel in its pre-state days. In 1953 he was given command of Unit 101, whose mission is often described as that of retaliation against Arab attacks on Jewish villages. In fact, as can be seen from two terrible onslaughts, one of them very well known, Unit 101s purpose was that of instilling terror by the infliction of discriminate, murderous violence not only on able bodied fighters but on the young, the old, the helpless.
Sharons first documented sortie in this role was in August of 1953 on the refugee camp of El-Bureig, south of Gaza. An Israeli history of the 101 unit records 50 refugees as having been killed; other sources allege 15 or 20. Major-General Vagn Bennike, the UN commander, reported that bombs were thrown by Sharons men through the windows of huts in which the refugees were sleeping and, as they fled, they were attacked by small arms and automatic weapons.
In October of 1953 came the attack by Sharons unit 101 on the Jordanian village of Qibya, whose stain Israels foreign minister at the time, Moshe Sharett, confided to his diary would stick to us and not be washed away for many years. He was wrong. Though even strongly pro-Israel commentators in the West compared it to Lidice, Qibya and Sharons role are scarcely evoked in the West today, least of all by journalists such as Deborah Sontag of the New York Times who recently wrote a whitewash of Sharon, describing him as feisty, or the Washington Posts man in Jerusalem who fondly invoked him after his fateful excursion to the Holy Places in Jerusalem as the portly old warrior.
Israeli historian Avi Shlaim describes the massacre thus:
Sharons order was to penetrate Qibya, blow up houses and inflict heavy casualties on its inhabitants. His success in carrying out the order surpassed all expectations. The full and macabre story of what happened at Qibya was revealed only during the morning after the attack. The village had been reduced to rubble: forty-five houses had been blown up, and sixty-nine civilians, two thirds of them women and children, had been killed. Sharon and his men claimed that they believed that all the inhabitants had run away and that they had no idea that anyone was hiding inside the houses.
The UN observer on the scene reached a different conclusion:
One story was repeated time after time: the bullet splintered door, the body sprawled across the threshhold, indicating that the inhabitants had been forced by heavy fire to stay inside until their homes were blown up over them.
The slaughter in Qibya was described contemporaneously in a letter to the president of the United Nations Security Council dated 16 October 1953 (S/3113) from the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Jordan to the United States. On 14 October 1953 at 9:30 at night, he wrote, Israeli troops launched a battalion-scale attack on the village of Qibya in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (at the time the West Bank was annexed to Jordan).
According to the diplomats account, Israeli forces had entered the village and systematically murdered all occupants of houses, using automatic weapons, grenades and incendiaries. On 14 October, the bodies of 42 Arab civilians had been recovered; several more bodies were still under the wreckage. Forty houses, the village school and a reservoir had been destroyed. Quantities of unused explosives, bearing Israel army markings in Hebrew, had been found in the village. At about 3 a.m., to cover their withdrawal, Israeli support troops had begun shelling the neighbouring villages of Budrus and Shuqba from positions in Israel.
And what of Sharons conduct when he was head of the Southern Command of Israels Defense Forces in the early 1970s? The Gaza clearances were vividly described by Phil Reeves in a piece in The London Independent on January 21 of this year .
Thirty years have elapsed since Ariel Sharon, favourite to win Israels forthcoming election, was the head of the Israel Defence Forces southern command, charged with the task of pacifying the recalcitrant Gaza Strip after the 1967 war. But the old men still remember it well. Especially the old men on Wreckage Street. Until late 1970, Wreckage, or Hadd, Street wasnt a street, just one of scores of narrow, nameless alleys weaving through Gaza Citys Beach Camp, a shantytown cluttered with low, two-roomed houses, built with UN aid for refugees from the 1948 war who then, as now, were waiting for the international community to settle their future. The street acquired its name after an unusually prolonged visit from Mr Sharons soldiers. Their orders were to bulldoze hundreds of homes to carve a wide, straight street. This would allow Israeli troops and their heavy armored vehicles to move easily through the camp, to exert control and hunt down men from the Palestinian Liberation Army.
They came at night and began marking the houses they wanted to demolish with red paint, said Ibrahim Ghanim, 70, a retired labourer. In the morning they came back, and ordered everyone to leave. I remember all the soldiers shouting at people, Yalla, yalla, yalla, yalla! They threw everyones belongings into the street. Then Sharon brought in bulldozers and started flattening the street. He did the whole lot, almost in one day. And the soldiers would beat people, can you imagine? Soldiers with guns, beating little kids!
By the time the Israeli armys work was done, hundreds of homes were destroyed, not only on Wreckage Street but throughout the camp, as Sharon ploughed out a grid of wide security roads. Many of the refugees took shelter in schools, or squeezed into the already badly over-crowded homes of relatives. Other families, usually those with a Palestinian political activist, were loaded into trucks and taken to exile in a town in the heart of the Sinai Desert, then controlled by Israel.
As Reeves reported, the devastation of Beach Camp was far from the exception.
In August 1971 alone, troops under Mr Sharons command destroyed some 2,000 homes in the Gaza Strip, uprooting 16,000 people for the second time in their lives. Hundreds of young Palestinian men were arrested and deported to Jordan and Lebanon. Six hundred relatives of suspected guerrillas were exiled to Sinai. In the second half of 1971, 104 guerrillas were assassinated. The policy at that time was not to arrest suspects, but to assassinate them, said Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza City.
Israeli complacency leading to their initial defeat by the Egyptians in the 1973 war was in part nurtured by the supposed impregnability of the Bar Lev line constructed by Sharon on the east bank of the Suez canal. The Egyptians pierced the line without undue difficulty.
In 1981 Sharon, then minister of defense, paid a visit to Israels good friend, President Mobutu of Zaire. Lunching on Mobutus yacht the Israeli party was asked by their host to use their good offices to get the US Congress to be more forthcoming with aid. This the Israelis managed to accomplish. As a quid pro quo Mobutu reestablished diplomatic relations with Israel. This was not Sharons only contact with Africa. Among friends he relays fond memories of trips to Angola to observe and advise the South African forces then fighting in support of the murderous CIA stooge Jonas Savimbi.
As defense minister in Menachem Begins second government, Sharon was the commander who led the full dress 1982 assault on Lebanon, with the express design of destroying the PLO, driving as many Palestinians as possible to Jordan and making Lebanon a client state of Israel. It was a war plan that cost untold suffering, around 20,000 Palestinian and Lebanese lives, and also the deaths of over one thousand Israeli soldiers. The Israelis bombed civilian populations at will. Sharon also oversaw the infamous massacres at Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps. The Lebanese government counted 762 bodies recovered and a further 1,200 buried privately by relatives. However, the Middle East may have been spared worse, thanks to Menachem Begin. Just as the 82 war was getting under way, Sharon approached Begin, then Prime Minister, and suggested that Begin cede control over Israels nuclear trigger to him. Begin had just enough sense to refuse.
The slaughter in the two contiguous camps at Sabra and Shatilla took place from 6:00 at night on September 16, 1982 until 8:00 in the morning on September 18, 1982, in an area under the control of the Israel Defense Forces. The perpetrators were members of the [Christian] Phalange militia, the Lebanese force that was armed by and closely allied with Israel since the onset of Lebanons civil war in 1975. The victims during the 62-hour rampage included infants, children, women (including pregnant women), and the elderly, some of whom were mutilated or disemboweled before or after they were killed.
An official Israeli commission of inquiry chaired by Yitzhak Kahan, president of Israels Supreme Court investigated the massacre, and in February 1983 publicly released its findings (without Appendix B, which remains secret until now).
Amid desperate attempts to cover up the evidence of direct knowledge of what was going on by Israeli military personnel, the Kahan Commission found itself compelled to find that Ariel Sharon, among other Israelis, had responsibility for the massacre. The commissions report stated:
It is our view that responsibility is to be imputed to the Minister of Defense for having disregarded [entirely cognizant of would have been a better choice of words] the danger of acts of vengeance and bloodshed by the Phalangists against the population of the refugee camps, and having failed [i.e. eagerly taken this into consideration] to take this danger into account when he decided to have the Phalangists enter the camps. In addition, responsibility is to be imputed to the Minister of Defense for not ordering appropriate measures for preventing or reducing the danger of massacre as a condition for the Phalangists entry into the camps. These blunders constitute the non-fulfillment of a duty with which the Defense Minister was charged. (For those who want to refresh their memories of Operation Peace for Galilee, of the massacres and the Kahan coverup we recommend Noam Chomskys The Fateful Triangle.)
Sharon refused to resign. Finally, on February 14, 1983, he was relieved of his duties as defense minister, though he remained in the cabinet as minister without portfolio.
Sharons career was in eclipse, but he continued to burnish his credentials as a Likud ultra. Sharon has always been against any sort of peace deal, unless on terms entirely impossible for Palestinians to accept. As Nehemia Strasler outlined in Haaretz on January 18 of this year, in 1979, as a member of Begins cabinet, he voted against a peace treaty with Egypt. In 1985 he voted against the withdrawal of Israeli troops to the so-called security zone in Southern Lebanon. In 1991 he opposed Israels participation in the Madrid peace conference. In 1993 he voted No in the Knesset on the Oslo agreement. The following year he abstained in the Knesset on a vote over a peace treaty with Jordan. He voted against the Hebron agreement in 1997 and objected to the way in which the withdrawal from southern Lebanon was conducted.
As Begins minister of agriculture in the late 1970s he established many of the West Bank settlements that are now a major obstruction to any peace deal. His present position? Not another square inch of land for Palestinians on the West Bank. He will agree to a Palestinian state on the existing areas presently under either total or partial Palestinian control, amounting to merely 42 per cent of the West Bank. Israel will retain control of the highways across the West Bank and the water sources. All settlements will stay in place with access by the IDF to them. Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty and he plans to continue building around the city. The Golan heights would remain under Israels control.
It can be strongly argued that Sharon represents the long-term policy of all Israeli governments, without any obscuring fluff or verbal embroidery. For example: Ben-Gurion approved the terror missions of Unit 101. Every Israeli government has condoned settlements and building around Jerusalem. It was Labors Ehud Barak who okayed the military escort for Sharon on his provocative sortie that sparked the second Intifada and Barak who has overseen the lethal military repression of recent months. But that doesnt diminish Sharons sinister shadow across the past half century. That shadow is better evoked by Palestinians and Lebanese grieving for the dead, the maimed, the displaced, or by a young Israeli woman, Ilil Komey, 16, who confronted Sharon recently when he visited her agricultural high school outside Beersheva.
I think you sent my father into Lebanon, Ilil said. Ariel Sharon, I accuse you of having made me suffer for 16 some odd years. I accuse you of having made my father suffer for over 16 years. I accuse you of a lot of things that made a lot of people suffer in this country. I dont think that you can now be elected as prime minister.
Ilil was wrong. Hes there. And now the bloodbath will begin.
Neither Jewish morality nor Jewish tradition can be used to disallow terror as a means of war... We are very far from any moral hesitations when concerned with the national struggle. First and foremost, terror is for us a part of the political war appropriate for the circumstances of today...
Israeli Prime Minister, Zionist terrorist
in an August 1943 article titled Terror, written for Hazit
the journal of Lehi, the terrorist organization he belonged to
Ariel Sharon: The Jewish Hitler
An American Heroine, Murdered by Israelis
Israels State Terrorism
by Dr. Lev Grinberg
Albert Einstein Condemns Israeli Nazis
Fox News Special Report: Israeli Spying on the U.S.
Massive Israeli Spy Ring Linked to September 11
The Israeli Connection To 9-11
9-11 Was a Mossad False Flag Operation
9-11, Mossad, the CIA and False Flag Operations
Zionism is Jewish Naziism: A Photo Essay on Israeli State Terrorism
Racist Zionism: Israeli Apartheid
American/Israeli Terrorism of the Palestinian People
A description of the sadistic nature and scope of Israeli state terrorism, with related sites for more information.
Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry OSullivan and others
The infamous quote above, by Yitzhak Shamir, is given in Western State Terrorism, chapter 2: International Terrorism: Image and Reality, by Noam Chomsky, section 6, and note 36. See chapter sections 4 through 8 for heavily-censored (in America) information on the historical realities of Israeli state terrorism.
The Jenin Massacre:
The Jenin Massacre
Massacre at Jenin: I now know the smell of death...
Immortal Heroes of Jenin
Eyewitness Jenin: Evidence of a Massacre
The Israelis are Guilty of Mass Murder in Jenin
Israeli War Crimes at Jenin
Human Rights Watch report excerpts
Sanity was buried alive... at Jenin
Indict Ariel Sharon
Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila
IndictSharon.net is the website of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila, offering news on the case lodged in Belgium against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israelis and Lebanese responsible for the massacre, killing, rape and disappearance of civilians that took place in Beirut between 16 and 18 September 1982 in the camps of Sabra and Shatila and the surrounding area.
Palestine Section : Massacres that world conscience ignored, savagery that surpasses nazis
Horrifying photographs of Israeli atrocities. Israeli soldiers truly are Jewish Nazis. You will have no doubt about it when you actually see what they have done to people.
Boycott Israel Campaign
People of good conscience have chosen to boycott israeli products and companies supporting the zionist entity. ... We have carried out extensive research to identify the guilty companies. All our findings are provided here.
Stop US Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now
SUSTAIN is a non-hierarchical, grassroots organization committed to supporting and sustaining the Palestinian movement for justice, human rights and self-determination.
The United States government supports Israeli violations of Palestinian national and human rights militarily, economically, and ideologically. The most tangible form of this support is the massive tax-funded aid that goes to Israel. We are committed to building a campaign against US military and economic aid to Israel so that US tax-dollars do not support the abuse of human rights.
Return of the Terrorist:
The Crimes of Ariel Sharon
Sharons history offers a monochromatic record of moral corruption, with a documented record of war crimes going back to the early 1950s.
In 1953 he was given command of Unit 101, whose....purpose was that of instilling terror by the infliction of discriminate, murderous violence not only on able bodied fighters but on the young, the old, the helpless.
Israeli provocation against Palestinians ignites a social powder keg
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/oct2000/isra-o04.shtmlA report on Sharons visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in September 2000.
The Zionist Terror Network (online book)
This booklet documents the background and criminal activities of Jewish Zionist terrorist groups, and especially the Jewish Defense League. Particular emphasis is given here to terror including murder against thought criminals who question the Holocaust story that six million Jews were systematically killed during the Second World War.
Zionist terrorists openly proclaim an arrogant Jewish-supremacist ideology and acknowledge their readiness to use violence against those who disagree with them. With a well-documented record of bigotry and crime, they pose a serious danger to our society, and to men and women everywhere who treasure freedom.
Israeli Aggression, Militarism, and Terror
Excerpts from several books dealing with Israeli state terrorism:
- Our Man in Damascus
- A Nation On Trial
- Israels Sacred Terrorism
- What Price Israel?
- Every Prince a Spy
- The Fateful Triangle
- The Lobby
- The Zionist Connection
News and Commentary from Palestine, the Middle East, and Beyond...
Palestine Chronicle is an independent internet magazine, dedicated to addressing issues and offering perspectives rarely seen in mainstream western media. These issues include the plight and welfare of Palestinian refugees, as well as other displaced and oppressed people around the world.
Palestine Media Watch
The purpose of Palestine Media Watch is to fight anti-Palestinian bias in the US media and to call for giving Palestinian views greater room for expression.
Palestine Media Watch is a grass-roots media watch group established on October 5, 2000 to help fight US media bias against Palestinians via direct action: writing letters and making phone calls. Our strength is in the commitment of our dedicated members our gadflies who day after day, through their informed letters to newspapers, work for a more balanced, more humane, and more informed portrayal of the Middle East conflict.
The Electronic Intifada
A resource for countering myth, distortion and spin from the Israeli media war machine.
The Electronic Intifada project...aims to focus on just one aspect of the struggle, the war in the media for a representation of the Palestinian point of view.
This site also provides a running total the Palestinian men, women and children who have been murdered and injured by the Israeli Defense Forces.
MER - Mid East Realities
MERs purpose is to distill and present the most incisive and honest, the most insightful and independent, information and analysis about what is really going on in todays Middle East as well as in Washington about the Middle East.
Resources about Palestine
A collection of talks, interviews and other materials to help broaden your knowledge of the Palestine issue. Includes video and audio interviews with Palestinian people and peace workers.
Zionisms legacy of ethnic cleansing
Part 1: Israel and the Palestinian right of return
While many Palestinians fled to avoid the war [of 1948], most left out of fear of what might happen to them at the hands of Zionist terrorists. One of the most notorious incidents was the Deir Yassin massacre where 250 men, women and children were murdered in cold blood by Menachem Begins Irgun group, as it went from house to house to drive out the Palestinians.
Zionisms legacy of ethnic cleansing
Part 2: Israeli expansion creates more Palestinian refugees
The tragic irony of the Zionist solution to the oppression of the Jewish people traditionally and historically connected with a struggle for tolerance and freedom has been the brutal suppression of another oppressed people [the Palestinians]. In consequence, the right-wing forces cultivated by the Zionist state now threaten to reproduce within Israel the same conditions of dictatorship and civil war from which an earlier generation of Jews fled.
Human rights groups condemn Israel for assassinations and indiscriminate killing
On December 31, IDF [Israeli Defense Force] fire in the Haret al-Sheikh neighbourhood of Hebron injured 18-year-old Arit al-Qawasma in the right shoulder and face while she was in her bedroom. As she was being evacuated from the house, IDF fire killed 11-year-old Muath Abu Hadwan and wounded another boy. The IDF also shot 13-year-old Abir Salameh in the stomach as she went to feed her chickens.
International condemnation of Israeli settlements dominates events in Middle East
In a major escalation of the conflict, Israel used F-16 warplanes for the first time to strike at targets in the West Bank and Gaza, killing at least nine people and injuring 90. Eight people were killed and 54 wounded in an attack on a Palestinian police outpost in the West Bank town of Nablus. Another person died and 14 were injured when Israeli missiles hit a building in Ramallah housing members of the Palestinian presidential security force. More than 20 were injured in further air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces moved into an area near the Gush Katif settlement and took over a multi-storey building, while bulldozers protected by tanks went into the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza and uprooted fruit trees.
PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE TO ISRAELI TERROR
An International Action Center page with links to a good collection of informative articles on the brutal tactics of Israeli state terrorism, Israeli use of Depleted Uranium weapons, the political realities of the Al Aqsa Intifada, a related article by Mumia Abu-Jamal, and reports from the October/November 2000 IAC Fact Finding Mission To Palestine.
Zionism and Israeli Apartheid
There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didnt exist.
Delusional Israeli Prime Minister
Statement to The Sunday Times
June 15, 1969
Israels war measures and the legacy of Zionism
Israel was established through a military struggle to wrest control of the land from its Arab inhabitants, beginning with a systematic campaign of terror and intimidation that drove more than three quarters of a million Palestinian Arabs from their homes.
The founding principle of the Israeli state was the assertion of the ethnic and religious interests of Jews over those of Arab Muslims. Any criticism of this inherently anti-democratic and repressive standpoint was denounced by Israels Zionist rulers and their apologists as an expression of anti-Semitism.
In order to justify Israels creation, Zionist leaders for 40 years denied the very existence of a Palestinian people. Their central slogan was: A land without people for a people without land. In official proclamations, the land that became Israel was portrayed as largely uninhabited prior to the arrival of Jewish settlers [invaders].
WSWS : News & Analysis : Israel and Palestine
This is the index page for an extensive collection of news articles and high-quality analysis. The articles deal with both the brutal Israeli terrorism and oppression of the Palestinian people, and the internal condition of Jewish Israeli society itself.
The political dead end of Labour Zionism:
Part 1 The origins and class character of political Zionism
The core premise of Zionism was that Jews everywhere constituted a single nation with permanent and exclusive rights to occupy Palestine land. This was embodied in the slogan, A land without people for a people without land.
But Palestine was not an uninhabited territory. A Zionist state for the Jews in Palestine could only be established at the expense of the existing population. The very conception of the Zionist state was based upon profoundly undemocratic principles: the denial of the rights of non-Jews already living there.
Part 2 The convergence of the Labour Zionists and Revisionist Zionism
Part 3 The June 1967 Six Day War A turning point in the evolution of Israel
The Zionist utopia of a national state in which the Jews of the world could find liberty, equality and social justice has been realised in the form of a capitalist entity created through the dispossession of another people.
It has been maintained through brutal wars and repression beyond Israels borders, and mounting social inequality at home. As the murderous actions of the extreme right-wing zealots cultivated by the Zionist state have shown, there is a real danger that Israel will itself reproduce the very conditions of dictatorship and civil war from which earlier generations of European Jews had fled.
Neturei Karta - Jews United Against Zionism
In addition to condemning the central heresy of Zionism, we also reject its policy of aggression against all peoples. Today this cruelty manifests itself primarily in the brutal treatment of the Palestinian people. We proclaim that this inhuman policy is in violation of the Torah.
NKI seeks peace and reconciliation with all peoples and nations. This is especially needed in our relations towards the Islamic world where Zionism has for 53 years done so much to ruin Jewish - Muslim understanding.
We welcome the assistance of all men of good will and stand ready to assist all whose agenda coincides with ours.
There are in fact many Jewish movements, groups and organizations whose ideology regarding Zionism and the so-called State of Israel is that of the unadulterated Torah position that any form of Zionism is heresy and that the existence of the so-called State of Israel is illegitimate.
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