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  1. Sumud on January 11, 2014, 10:36 am

    I’m going to quote the piece in full that Joseph Dana retweets – it’s too good not to:

    TEL AVIV: Following the death of former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon – who has been in a coma since 2006 – plans for the 85-year-old’s state funeral have now been released.

    According to arrangements made by the Israeli government, Sharon’s burial plot is set to displace over 15,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank. The plot, located on the outskirts of Hebron, will take over land lived and farmed by Arabs for at least four centuries and will be surrounded by a five-metre tall concrete wall with armed sentry posts on each corner. It will also be connected to Israel by a four-lane commemorative highway.

    “It’s what he would have wanted,” said a source.
    Ariel Sharon’s burial plot set to displace 15,000 Palestinians

  2. Helena Cobban on January 11, 2014, 10:49 am

    I mean, I knew the guy was physically large but this breaks all records in Israel’s longstanding policy of implanting necro-colonial settlements inside Palestine. (Anyone seen the Mount of Olives recently?)

  3. tommy on January 11, 2014, 10:58 am

    The comments at The Atlantic enshrine Sharon as a great warrior. Idolizing warriors is the worst possible development of the 21st century.

  4. jon s on January 11, 2014, 11:10 am

    I would hope that you all realize that the item is nonsense, a lie. Sharon will be buried at his ranch, not far from Sderot.

    • just on January 11, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Yeah– in the Negev. A place that the Zionists want to ethnically cleanse. He really did follow in Ben- Gurion’s awful footsteps. BG had a “modest” home, Sharon has a “ranch”.

      (btw– how come he’s having a state funeral? Isn’t he supposed to be buried very quickly according to tradition/Judaic ‘law’? I thought exceptions were made only if family had to come from far, far away.)

      • Hostage on January 11, 2014, 6:28 pm

        BG had a “modest” home, Sharon has a “ranch”.

        Ben Gurion’s home in the Negev was a stage prop. He was supposedly retiring in October of 1953, but was still running things behind the scenes when the spy ring connected to the Lavon Affair was activated the following July:

        CHAPTER 2 Ben Gurion Goes to Sdeh Boker: Spiritual Retreat as a Tactic

        Moshe Sharrett jotted the first of the daily notes in his personal diary on October 9, 1953. Shortly before that, Ben Gurion, who was prime minister and minister of defense, announced his intention to withdraw from government activities. Sharett, who had been second in command to Ben Gurion since the pre-state days, was slated to replace him as Israel’s prime minister. He would also retain the foreign ministry.

        To public opinion at large, Ben Gurion’s intention to retire was presented grandly as a spiritual exercise, a measure capable of galvanizing Israeli and Jewish youth and necessary for leading the Zionist sheep back to the abandoned ideals of pioneering and settlement. In reality, while the state was spending millions of pounds on the construction of a “hut” for Ben Gurion in the kibbutz Sdeh Boker in Negev, and on related security and communications arrangements, the Old Man already knew, and informed his collaborators, that his absence from the government would last for two years. Behind the campaign idealizing his withdrawal was a scenario meticulously prepared by him and his men. Even then, just four years after the 1948-49 war, the security establishment was ready with plans for lsrael’s territorial expansion. The armistice lines established in Rhodes, although traced so as to grant Israel over a third more than the territory allotted it by the UN partition resolution in 1947, were considered unsatisfactory by the army, which aspired to recover at least the boundaries of mandate Palestine.

        Thus, he went off to Sdeh Boker, accompanied by the aura of a pioneer-saint, and Sharett prepared to take over, or so he thought. In fact, Ben Gurion was to keep control of the real channels of command.

        Livia Rokach, Israel’s Sacred Terrorism

      • just on January 11, 2014, 7:20 pm

        A stage prop.

        How very fitting. Thanks Hostage.

      • jon s on January 12, 2014, 3:06 am

        You can call the modest hut in Sde Boker a stage prop, but BG actually lived there , retired there, died and was buried there. He meant to set a personal example in settling in a pioneering kibbutz in the Negev.
        Even BG’s political opponents always admitted that he lived modestly and had little interest in acquiring property or personal wealth. On that score there are similarities to Begin. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of some of his heirs, such as Sharon, Barak, Olmert and Netanyahu, who have all displayed an affinity to the “good life”.

    • amigo on January 11, 2014, 2:47 pm

      ” Sharon will be buried at his ranch, not far from Sderot.” jon s

      So he has opted to be buried in a foreign country.

      I thought he would have preferred to be buried in the Capital of Israel.


      • jon s on January 11, 2014, 4:59 pm

        A “foreign country”? Where did you get that?
        He’ll be laid to rest at his ranch, in Israel.

      • amigo on January 12, 2014, 1:34 pm

        “A “foreign country”? Where did you get that?
        He’ll be laid to rest at his ranch, in Israel.”jons

        Sharon,s ranch is close to Sderot.
        Sderot is outside Israel,s self declared Borders of 1947/8

        The southern Negev is 40 % occupied Palestinian Territory.

        That,s where I got it jon s.

        So, your criminal hero is buried on Palestinian Land.Ironic , ain,t it.

        But not too worry, I am sure in due course the Palestinians will dig him up again and send him to Israel proper.

        If there still is one, that is.

    • puppies on January 11, 2014, 3:29 pm

      You mean the description of that ranch was not accurate? What was the name of the razed township buried under it? What were the names of the Palestinians who worked and lived on it? Who among them were massacred? Whose families are still rotting in refugee camps?
      So, it was perhaps not an accurate depiction but not very far from the original. They should have said “in Palestine” instead of “in the West Bank”.

    • jon s on January 12, 2014, 2:55 am

      I would like to know the reasons for Adam’s decision to include Joseph Dana’s obvious, blatant, fabrication: “Sharon’s burial plot set to displace 15,000 Palestinians”.

      • Shmuel on January 12, 2014, 5:57 am

        I would like to know the reasons for Adam’s decision to include Joseph Dana’s obvious, blatant, fabrication

        It’s not a fabrication; it’s satire. If you didn’t understand Dana’s characterisation of the site as “The Onion of the Arab World”, a click on the link he provided would have removed any doubt (like the headline: “Hogwarts joins academic boycott of Israel”).

      • jon s on January 12, 2014, 10:02 am

        Yeah, well, certainly one of the most un-funny satires I’ve ever seen.
        Not that I was ever a fan of Sharon’s.

      • Shmuel on January 12, 2014, 10:18 am

        Yeah, well, certainly one of the most un-funny satires I’ve ever seen.

        Satire isn’t always funny.

      • Sumud on January 12, 2014, 10:49 am

        Yeah, well, certainly one of the most un-funny satires I’ve ever seen.

        Made me laugh out loud, but then I have no illusions about the morality of Israel’s behaviour.

      • Sumud on January 12, 2014, 8:43 am

        I would like to know the reasons for Adam’s decision to include Joseph Dana’s obvious, blatant, fabrication: …

        So much for the legendary jewish sense of humour – incompatible with zionism?

      • puppies on January 12, 2014, 11:17 am

        It’s Zionism that’s incompatible with both humor and Jewishness.

      • Woody Tanaka on January 12, 2014, 9:26 am

        “I would like to know the reasons for Adam’s decision to include Joseph Dana’s obvious, blatant, fabrication: “Sharon’s burial plot set to displace 15,000 Palestinians”.”

        Because in satire it says more about who this devil was and what this devilish state is all about than all the others combined.

      • puppies on January 12, 2014, 11:09 am

        Not “obvious”. An obvious fabrication would mention something impossible, like “autopsy of Zionist reveals a human heart!”, not something as workaday as you murderers displacing the owners of the country.

  5. Whizdom on January 11, 2014, 11:11 am

    Just so folks know, Sharon’s internment is planned for his Northern Negev Ranch, where his spouse is buried.

    • puppies on January 11, 2014, 3:03 pm

      @Whizdom – Too late for internment, or in fact any punitive action.

      • thankgodimatheist on January 12, 2014, 12:15 am

        “or in fact any punitive action.”
        Good one!

  6. seafoid on January 11, 2014, 11:38 am

    “There is no policy we can’t accomplish” is pure gibberish from the “if we build it they will come” school of politics.

    They can’t bring psychological peace to their own people and they never will.

    • pabelmont on January 11, 2014, 1:23 pm

      I think it means, “We will break all the (Palestinian) eggs necessary to make any Israeli omelet Israel wants.” It means RUTHLESS.

  7. American on January 11, 2014, 12:32 pm

    War criminal Ariel Sharon dies… unpunished! >>>>>

    Maybe not. We are told that Sharon could breath on his own but had no ‘cognitive’ functions.
    Then we were also told there were occasional signs of brain waves.
    No cognitive functions means that the only part of his brain working was what is called the Reptilian brain or basement of the brain—the ganglia in the brain stem.
    This reptilian brain is just what it sounds like –basic survival instincts.
    It is also called the ‘house of fears’….the part that activates the fight or flight response to threat and overwhelming injury to the body.
    Scientist say the ganglia cant feel or think like the rest of the brain but it does ‘stress’…when everything else about the brain is gone the reptilian brain having to take over for survival stays in a constant state of stress.
    If there were occasional signs of cognitive brain function in Sharon as they claim then that means Sharon had cognitive flashes of himself as he was—-exactly like one of those “living dead” depicted in films that exist only on the reptilian brain stem.
    So he might have been punished after all thru those cognitive flashes that let him recongize his condition, that he was literally one of the living dead.

    • pabelmont on January 11, 2014, 1:27 pm

      Israel seems to promote a constant state of (mostly unreasonable, but presumably often real) fear among its people. Does that not suggest that Israel, too, is among the “living dead”?

      In any case, what a way to live! Probably accounts for the desperate, manic escapism of the Tel Aviv crowd. To say nothing of the Jewish emigration.

    • chet on January 11, 2014, 5:09 pm

      Speak no ill of the dead? … F*** that with this murderous war criminal!

      Good riddance — may the same fate befall all the others of his ilk.

    • puppies on January 11, 2014, 3:19 pm

      @matt – Thanks. There you can see that “liberal Zionists” are the exact same breed of poison snakes as the Jabotinskies. Here, seven (7) shameless lies packed into 49 words of propaganda:
      “like many of his predecessors, realized that Israel’s survival as a democratic, Jewish homeland depends on a two-state resolution of its conflict with the Palestinians. This understanding led him to to break with the Likud Party and to implement Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005”

    • Xpat on January 11, 2014, 7:57 pm

      Oh, the ever-cautious, nice J Street. Note the absence of any details or judgement in the perfunctory reference to the man’s worst crimes. Sharon was the father of West Bank colonization. This is his baby more than anybody else’s. And the J Street statement leads one to wonder what happened in his Lebanon adventure of 1982, if anything at all.

      “Sharon will be remembered for many things – his bold thrust across the Suez Canal during the war of 1973, his role in planning the vast expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank and his tenure as Defense Minister, when he presided over the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

  8. justicewillprevail on January 11, 2014, 2:37 pm

    “There are few individuals in the modern history of Israel/Palestine whose actions have been as consistently destructive as that of Ariel Sharon. Sharon, who had been involved in war for Israel as early as 1948, was known for his cut-throat attitude on the battlefield often with wanton disregard for civilian lives. Time and time again, Ariel Sharon left some of the bloodiest marks on the history of Palestine.”

  9. Daniel Rich on January 11, 2014, 3:10 pm
  10. Mike_Konrad on January 11, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I wonder what the Hebrew and Arab tweets are saying.

    BTW: How come my posts are not archived like others?

    • annie on January 11, 2014, 6:33 pm

      mike, i would suggest writing adam or phil about your archive issue.

  11. crypticvalentin on January 11, 2014, 7:48 pm

    every tweet praising Sharon from a white man or woman..

  12. Xpat on January 11, 2014, 7:59 pm

    With so many of our national leaders saddened and in mourning, will they lower the stars and stripes to half mast?

  13. jd65 on January 11, 2014, 10:08 pm

    all the predictable reactions from all the usual players are of course nauseating.

    however, i wouldn’t say i’m happy he’s dead. but then, i’m certainly not happy that he was ever alive either.

  14. kalithea on January 12, 2014, 2:05 am

    Funny how only Zionist war criminals are eulogized. This demonstrates just how depraved is the ideology that drives this monumental deception. But the thousands of victims silenced by these eulogies will not rest in peace until the truth is spoken. I have no doubt that one day this cover-up will be condemned by a more enlightened society. I wish I live to see the day when the truth obliterates the delusion called Zionism.

    • Xpat on January 12, 2014, 8:10 am

      Kalithea, I am not so sure. I’m reading Howard Zinn’s People History of the United States. As you may know, it’s packed with monumental deceptions that I, for one, had never heard of previously.

  15. American on January 12, 2014, 10:19 am

    *Congress on Ariel Sharon*

    Shows you how far gone the US government is.
    Orwell 1984 has never been declared the official state of the US —but after a 30 year delay I think we should acknowledge it in some official way.

  16. American on January 12, 2014, 1:28 pm

    My most favorite bi-polar lib zio.

    MJ Rosenberg ‏@MJayRosenberg 21h
    Max Blumenthal again makes clear he wants Israel eradicated. Other than that, good piece in THE NATION.
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    1:01 PM – 11 Jan 14 · Details

    Flash of truth…….
    MJ Rosenberg ‏@MJayRosenberg 21h
    @Meeso90 Jews are just too involved. Incapable of dispassion. Yet they dominate the debate.

    1:19 PM – 11 Jan 14 · Details
    MJ Rosenberg ‏@MJayRosenberg 11 Jan
    Chuck Schumer promises Sharon’s resurrection in 3 days. Asking AIPAC 4 more money to…

    MJ Rosenberg ‏@MJayRosenberg 21h
    I cant stand Eric Alterman but he would have written a more fair piece about Sharon in The Nation. Max’s hatred of Israel gets in way.
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