World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


'How butcher Sharon massacred my relatives'

'How butcher Sharon massacred my relatives'

By Jamal Kanj

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=368663

MY friend and I were on a cross-country flight from San Diego to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 1982.

We arrived at our friends' home with gleaming smiles, but were received with dejected expressions.

"Haven't you heard the news?" they asked. "What news?" we replied.

"The massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians in and around Sabra and Shatila camps," was their wretched response.

Needless to say we were glued to the TV listening to trickling reports from inside the camps and watching bloated bodies of women and children paraded on TV screens.

Starting at 6pm on September 16 until 8am on September 18, the Israeli-armed Lebanese Phalange militia went on a killing spree while the Israeli army besieged the camps - stopping anyone from fleeing the massacre.

American reporter Janet Lee Stevens, who was one of the first foreign journalists to enter the camps, described the scene.

"Children with their throats slit, a pregnant woman with her stomach chopped open, her eyes still wide open, her blackened face silently screaming in horror; countless babies and toddlers who had been stabbed or ripped apart and who had been thrown into garbage piles," she documented.

I didn't realise at the time that my cousin Saleh and his children were among those murdered in the 36-hour killing orgy.

A 1983 United Nations (UN) team investigating the massacre concluded that "Israel bore responsibility" for the killing of civilians.

In the same year, Israel's own appointed Kahane Commission reached a similar conclusion - accusing Ariel Sharon of bearing "personal responsibility" for the slaughtering of women and children.

Despite being held accountable for killing more than 3,000 civilians, Sharon refused to resign his Defence Minister post and his patron, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, snubbed requests to fire him.

Following strong pressure from the international community and violent civilian protests in the streets of Tel Aviv Sharon finally agreed to quit the military post, but was retained in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

Less than two decades after the massacre, the former Ariel Scheinerman- born to a Belarusian couple before changing his family name to Sharon- was elected to Israel's highest office serving as prime minister from 2001 until he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 rendering him comatose.

He followed in the footsteps of two other Israelis: Isaac Shamir and Begin, who decorated Britain's most wanted terrorist list in the 1940s.

They too were recognised for their murderous contributions to Zionism, reaching the highest political office in the Israeli government.

The Sabra and Shatilla massacre was just one of Sharon's terrorist achievements on behalf of the state of Israel. He first gained notoriety in the 1950s, serving as a leader in the special, brutal Israeli army Unit 101.

Sharon's first decorated massacre was in the autumn of 1953 when his unit attacked the village of Qibya and dynamited houses - killing 69 civilians, including children, sleeping peacefully in their homes.

While human rights organisations, along with relatives of murdered civilians, lament Sharon's escape from justice on earth, morally corrupt leaders of so-called world democracies are absurdly calling this same person - who massacred women and children - a "man of peace".

In memory of my cousin Saleh and for all those people he massacred throughout his murderous career, I will forever remember Sharon as a decorated butcher.

*************

Mr Kanj (www.jamalkanj.com) writes regular newspaper column and publishes on several websites. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. A version of this article was first published by the Gulf Daily News newspaper.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

As Health Needs Rise In Somalia, Funding Hits New Low

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN More>>

Need To End Violence Against Children In Conflict

‘We should be outraged’ more not being done to end violence against children in conflict – UNICEF chief More>>

On Mandela Day, UN Joins Call To Promote Community Service

Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran More>>

Some $3.2 Billion Needed For Ebola Recovery Efforts

Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UN More>>

World Day: UN Spotlights Plight Of Vulnerable Populalations

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting near the Syrian city of Kobani wait in a holding area before boarding buses in Turkey (September 2014). Photo: UNHCR /I. Prickett More>>

Afghanisatan: Direct Talks Between Government And Taliban

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step towards “peace and reconciliation” in the region. More>>

Eradicating World Hunger By 2030

Agriculture workers collect carrots on a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann More>>

Bangladesh: Flood Leads To UN Agency Providing Food Relief

Anwar Hossain unloads cartons of High Energy Biscuits from a pickup truck and transfers them to a distribution center in Kawar Khop union, Ramu upazila, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/Kamrul Mithon More>>

Ban Says World Must Act Now To Curb Climate Change

Alarmed by melting glacier in Norway, Ban says world must 'act now' to curb climate change More>>

UN Spotlights Data And Technology As Key To Sustainability

The importance of quality data and cutting edge information communication technologies (ICTs) is increasingly critical to the shaping of the future sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP ) confirmed today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news