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Ariel Sharon’s murderous legacy has been glossed over downplaying some of the most egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity that he committed with impunity. The presence of other war criminals at Sharon’s funeral, such as Tony Blair, explains why he did not face prosecution by the International bodies.

The Zionist terror group, Irgun, was the political predecessor to Sharon’s Likud party, which is currently in power led by Netanyahu. The Likud Charter ‘flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River” and advocates a fragmented Bantustan without sovereignty.

Fisk, in his book Pity the Nation, vividly documents the brutal rape and massacre of more than 1700  Palestinian civilians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, for which the Kahan Commission held Sharon  ‘personally responsible’ for the atrocity.

Sharon’s contemptuous violation of International by establishing colonial settlements on Palestinian lands, a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention, presents the biggest obstacle for international efforts to bring about peace in the region today. Sharon’s advisor, Dove Weisglas, exposed his ploy to put any peace process in ‘formaldehyde’, a ruse still currently applied.

Fisk tabulates Sharon’s attempt to scuttle regional peace  by opposing the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, voting against a withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 1985, opposing Israel’s participation in the 1991 Madrid peace conference and the Knesset plenum vote on the Oslo agreement in 1993, abstaing on a vote with Jordan in 1994 and voted against the Hebron agreement in 1997.

Sharon, for many, personifies brutality, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, theft, murder, savagery, and Zionism.

To quote Shakespeare in Macbeth, “All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”, the glowing obituaries that attempt to white wash Ariel Sharon will not hide his crimes.

 

Written By Dr Firoz Osman

Executive: Media Review Network

Firoz Osman

Firoz Osman is a medical doctor by profession and a highly-respected South African commentator on the Zionist occupation of Palestine. A founding member and executive member of Media Review Network, he has a special interest in Palestinian political and resistance movements, Zionism, and Islamophobia