Ariel Sharon's Criminal Legacy: Pain, Blood, Torture, Displacement And Crimes
12 January 2014
By Stephen Lendman
Gilad Sharon chronicled his father's life. He wrote
his biography. It's titled "Sharon: The Life of a
Leader." It discusses his history from soldier to
general to political leader.
According to Gilad, his father "was a much better
prime minister" than Netanyahu. He was Sharon's
finance minister. He claimed he "gave and gave and
"Palestinians got and got and got, and my question is,
what did we get? Nothing and nothing and nothing."
"What the public wants to know is when will it get a
prime minister who stops putting wind in the sails of
terrorists and begins to demand things in return for
Gilad calls Netanyahu "subversive." He's "coward(ly),"
he added. He left unexplained his father's
blood-drenched career. Evil best describes it.
He committed multiple high crimes against peace. A
special place in hell awaits him.
Some call him Israel's most Nietzschean leader. Others
consider him the devil incarnate.
He was 85 years old. He was in stroke-induced coma. He
clung to vegetative life for eight years. He faded.
Eulogies were ready to be published. Israel calls them
havatzelets. They're prepared in advance obits.
They're written ahead of notable figures' deaths.
Sharon's are now being published.
His vital signs were weak. His kidneys failed. He
clung to life for eight years. He's gone.
He was a rogue figure writ large for decades. He's
responsible for numerous crimes of war and against
humanity. He was Machievellian. He was a terrorist
He never changed his ways. He was responsible for
regional violence and instability for decades. More on
Why Israelis admire him they'll have to explain.
Haaretz contributor Rogel Alpher said they don't
"judge him like other prime ministers..."
"(H)e made them feel good about themselves." His
status "was reserved for him alone." He was considered
"beyond good and evil."
He was "outside the realm of moral judgment."
Criminality and corruption accusations didn't stick.
They "enhanced his popularity." He was "above
Reagan was called America's teflon president. Sharon
was above reproach. He belongs in prison, not high
office. He got carte blanche to do what he wanted.
His highest of high crimes went unpunished. His rap
sheet is one of the region's worst. According to
Alpher, he had no concept of justice. He did what he
wanted with impunity.
He was cold-blooded. He was ruthless. He deplored
peace. Accolades he got were undeserving. His military
and political agenda reflects mass slaughter and
He committed high crimes too grave to ignore. He waged
war on Islam. He terrorized Palestinians and
He represents the worst of Zionist extremism. He
devoted his military and political career to working
for a Greater Israel. He believed mass slaughter and
destruction further it.
His family members were Jewish nationalists. His
autobiography "Warrior" said so. His father Samuil and
grandfather were "Jewish nationalist(s), pure and
simple," he said.
They had "no political allegiances whatsoever, not to
socialism or communism or anything else."
Samuil always wanted to emigrate to Palestine. In
1921, he did so. In 1928, Ariel was born.
When he was 13, his father gave him a dagger. It "was
symbolic, to protect ourselves from our enemies," he
said. It was a "lesson" he "never" forgot.
Prior to joining the Haganah (the IDF's forerunner),
he became a Jewish Settlement Police member. He fought
in Israel's so-called War of Independence.
He got firsthand combat experience. He later used it
in other campaigns. He prioritized "strik(ing) first
"(A)lways escalate," he said. He remained a soldier.
He rose to the rank of general. He never became IDF
chief of staff.
Arrogance, insubordination, recklessness, and going
his own way denied him. His military and political
superiors deplored his attitude.
He lied for self-serving reasons. He disobeyed orders
freely. He did often. Israel's Golani Brigade is one
of its most ruthless.
In February 1948, David Ben-Gurion established it. He
did so to ethnically cleanse Palestinians. Sharon was
one of its first commanders.
Earlier he headed the notorious Alexandroni Brigade.
Death squad killers filled its ranks.
Golanis operate the same way. They're responsible for
numerous massacres. They committed them from inception
In 1953, Sharon established Unit 101. It reigned
terror on defenseless Palestinian civilians. It did so
indiscriminately. It targeted young, old and helpless
In August 1953, it attacked El-Bureig refugee camp in
southern Gaza. Dozens of Palestinians were
In October 1953, Jordan's Qibya village was attacked.
Then Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett said the
"stain would stick to us and not be washed away for
Israeli historian Avi Shlaim described what happened
"Sharon's 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
"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."
A UN observer at the time explained otherwise, saying:
"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."
Sharon's forces went house to house. They
systematically murdered their occupants. They did so
in cold blood.
Sharon atrocities repeated for decades. In August
1971, his forces destroyed 2,000 Gaza homes. Doing so
displaced 16,000 Palestinians.
Hundreds of Palestinian men were arrested. They were
brutally treated. They were deported to Jordan and
Hundreds of relatives of suspected Palestinian freedom
fighters were exiled to Sinai. Dozens of militants
were murdered in cold blood.
In 1982, Sharon was Menachem Begin's defense minister.
On June 6, Israel invaded Lebanon. Fighting lasted
nearly a year.
An Israeli false flag was pretext. Arafat was falsely
blamed for Abu Nidal militants' attempted
assassination of Israeli UK ambassador Shlomo Argov.
Israel got the war it wanted. Sharon was called the
"Butcher of Beirut." Up to 20,000 Palestinians were
massacred. Southern Lebanon remained occupied until
May 2000. Israel still illegally holds Sheba Farms.
It's a 14-square mile water-rich area. It's near
Syria's Golan. It's been lawlessly occupied since
Sabra and Shatila remain symbols of Sharonian
ruthlessness. Around 18,000 Palestinians were
It turned out the way he planned. He let Phalangist
fascists do his dirty work. Palestinian civilians were
massacred in cold blood. Women were raped multiple
times before being killed. Children were murdered like
Whole families were shot, stabbed, bludgeoned to
death, or buried dead or alive under homes. Some were
tortured before dying. Bodies were decapitated.
Corpses were charred and violated. Eyes were gouged
out. Faces were unrecognizable.
Sharon maliciously planned it. He led it. He called it
"ridding the world of the center of international
terrorism." No one to this day was punished.
Yitzhak Kahan headed an Israeli commission of inquiry.
Its findings damaged Sharon. It didn't go far enough.
On September 16, 1982, Sharon-directed Philangist
death squads entered the camps.
Killings began "almost immediately." Militiamen
entered homes. They began "slitting throats, axing,
shooting, and raping, often taking groups outside and
lining them up for execution."
"There was virtually no resistance. Only a very few
camp residents" had small arms for protection.
Slaughter continued until around sunset September 18.
Kahan Commission findings fell short of damning.
Sharon's reputation was damaged. He wasn't held
accountable. His actions were called "blunders."
He "failed to take appropriate measures" to prevent
what happened, commission members said.
Sharon ordered mass murder. He directed it. He led it.
He unleashed its full ferocity. He's fully
responsible. Accountability didn't follow.
He refused to resign. On February 14, 1983, he lost
his defense minister portfolio. He remained an
unpunished cabinet minister without one.
He was fanatically anti-peace. He opposed 1991 Madrid
conference talks. He was against the 1993 Oslo
He abstained on peace with Jordan. He opposed other
peace initiatives. He rejected the so-called Quartet's
It was doomed straightaway. Israeli violence, land
theft, and targeted assassinations accompanied it.
Sharon had no intention to seek peace.
He deplored it from soldier to general to defense
minister to prime minister to his grave. "There cannot
be a situation where there are two states for one
people," he said. Let's make the issue clear."
He repeatedly blamed Palestinians for Israeli crimes.
"My paramount responsibility is the security of the
people of Israel and the state of Israel," he
Peace won't happen "without the abandonment and
elimination of terrorism, violence and incitement."
Israel alone commits it. Palestinians are repeatedly
Sharon's autobiography explained, saying:
Attacking Arabs aims "to create (in their minds) a
psychology of defeat, to beat them every time, and to
beat them so decisively that they would develop the
conviction that they could never win."
Sharon deplored surgical strikes. He "believe(d) that
whenever we were forced to strike, we should do so
with the aim of inflicting heavy losses on the enemy
He urged Israeli's premeditated/preemptive 1967 Six
Day War. It was planned long in advance.
In 1948, Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine. In
June 1967, it got what remained.
Settlement construction began straightaway. From 1967
- 1977, around 30 were established.
They were mainly in Jordan Valley locations. Settlers
numbered about 5,000.
Under Prime Minister Menachem Begin (1977 - 1983),
things changed dramatically. A new pattern emerged.
Heartland/central ridge West Bank settlements were
established. Construction tempo increased.
Dozens of new settlements were added. Increasing
amounts of Palestinian land were stolen. Construction
Israel controls over 60% of West Bank land. It claims
Jerusalem as its exclusive capital. It's settler
population exceeds 600,000. Numbers increase daily.
Sharon endorsed unlimited expansion.
In 1969, he learned his military contract wouldn't be
renewed. He fell out of favor with then IDF chief Bar
Lev. It was over defending Sinai.
He turned to politics instead. He allied with Menachem
Begin's Herut party. It was militantly hardline. It
was ideologically Revisionist. It was hardcore
Zionist. In 1988, it merged into Likud.
During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Sharon was called back
to reserve duty. In elections that followed, he won a
A year later he resigned. From June 1975 to March
1976, he was Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's aide.
In 1977, he founded the Shlomtzion party. Months
later, it merged into Likud. Sharon became Begin's
He supported Gush Emunim (Block of the Faithful)
extremists. It was militantly hardline. It was
committed to unlimited settlement expansions. Israel's
Yesha Council replaced it.
It's ideologically over-the-top. It's like Sharon. It
wants Greater Israel exclusively Jewish. It wants
Arabs ethnically cleansed.
Sharon expressed his settlement policy as follows:
"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Judean)
hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish)
settlements because everything we take now will stay
"Everything we don't grab will go to them." In 1981,
Begin appointed Sharon defense minister. He took full
He held other ministerial portfolios. As Construction
and Housing Minister, he was called "the Bulldozer."
It was for good reason. He ruthlessly destroyed
Palestinian homes. Throughout his military and
political career, Sharon's message was submit.
Abandon independence notions. Accept Palestine as
Israel. You don't belong here. Leave or we'll uproot
Sharon's way was no-holds-barred ruthlessness. On
September 28, 2000, he initiated Second Intifada
He did so by provocatively visiting the Haram al-Sharif
(the Nobel Sanctuary). Around 1,000 security forces
Resistance followed. He responded violently. He did so
until February 2005. Nearly 4,200 Palestinians died.
Included were 866 children and 271 women.
Many more were wounded. Over 3,500 were permanently
disabled. Over 550 assassinations were committed.
Around 8,600 Palestinians were imprisoned.
Over 2.3 million dunums of land were stolen. Another
73,600 were razed. Hundreds of thousands of trees were
Over 7,700 homes were demolished. Another 94,000 were
damaged. Sabra and Shatila slaughter reflected the
worst of Sharonian evil.
So did Second Intifada viciousness. His Gaza
disengagement plan had nothing to do with peace.
It was getting Israeli settlers out of harm's way. It
was relocating them to stolen West Bank/East Jerusalem
land. It was gaining US support for doing so.
He was prime minister from March 7, 2001 to April 14,
2006. He murdered Yasser Arafat. He poisoned him to
death. Stroke-induced incapacitation ended his
On December 18, 2005, minor ischemic stroke symptoms
appeared. Doctors discovered heart trouble. It
required surgery, they said.
Bed rest ahead of cardiac catheterization was
prescribed. Sharon ignored medical advice. He returned
to work immediately.
On January 4, 2006, hemorrhagic stroke followed. Two
surgeries stopped bleeding in his brain. They didn't
prevent stroke-induced coma.
Since November 6, 2006, he's been in longterm care.
His cognitive abilities were destroyed.
In late 2013, his condition deteriorated. On January
1, he suffered renal failure. He's fading. He could
His legacy reflects horrendous high crimes. It bears
repeating. A special place in hell awaits him. Perhaps
he already arrived.
A Final Comment
Sharon believed the only good Arabs were dead ones. He
spent his entire military and political career
slaughtering them. State terror was official policy on
World leaders paid him tribute on his death. They did
so disgracefully. One war criminal remembered another.
Obama issued a statement, saying:
"On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send
our deepest condolences to the family of former
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people
of Israel on the loss of a leader who dedicated his
life to the State of Israel."
"We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel's
security and our appreciation for the enduring
friendship between our two countries and our two
"We continue to strive for lasting peace and security
for the people of Israel, including through our
commitment to the goal of two states living
side-by-side in peace and security."
"As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we
join with the Israeli people in honoring his
commitment to his country."
Sharon was an unapologetic war criminal. His legacy
decades of mass slaughter, destruction and human
Britain's David Cameron disgracefully said he made
"brave and controversial decisions in pursuit of
peace. Israel has today lost an important leader."
France's Francois Hollande called him "a major player
in the history of his country. After a long military
and political career, he choose to move toward
dialogue with Palestine."
He did no such thing. He murdered Yasser Arafat. He
deplored peace and reconciliation. He hated Arabs. His
policies proved it.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reacted as expected.
He's a reliable imperial tool. He's complicit in
Western war crimes. He said:
Sharon "will be remembered for his political courage
and determination to carry through with the painful
and historic decision to withdraw Israeli settlers and
troops from the Gaza Strip."
He got them out of harm's way. Future aggression was
planned. He relocated them on stolen West Bank
Gaza remains occupied. Suffocating siege continues.
Ban ignores Palestinian suffering. He supports
Israel's worst crimes.
Fatah official Jubril Rajoub said:
"Sharon was a criminal, responsible for the
assassination of (Yasser) Arafat, and we would have
hoped to see him appear before the International
Criminal Court as a war criminal."
Hamas spokesman Salah el-Bardaweel added:
"We pray to Allah that Sharon and all the Zionist
leaders who committed massacres against our people go
"When the Palestinian people remember Sharon, they
only remember pain, blood, torture, displacement and
crimes. We will never feel sorry for his death."
Nor should anyone!
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