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‘J Street’ says Jews worldwide mourn Sharon, and forgets Sabra and Shatilla

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Good news. Samantha Power, our ambassador to the U.N., who knows from genocide, hasn’t tweeted out any condolences on Ariel Sharon, even as she’s tweeted about violence against women and children in the Congo.

J Street lacks her restraint. “Sharon will be remembered for many things,” J Street says in “J Street honors the memory of former Prime Minister Sharon.” Yes, many things; and you’d think they might have mentioned some of the bad stuff. But Sharon is only scored for the settlement project in the West Bank. Other than that, the eulogy (published below) is full of praise, and air-brushes Sharon’s war crimes with this diplomatic language: “presided over the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.”

Also notice that Jews mourn Sharon around the world, J Street says, because as Sharon said, “Israel is a Jewish worldwide project.” Who are they trying to please? The new Israel lobby is sure beginning to look a whole lot like the old one. Remember the ending of Animal Farm?

“Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

Here’s is J Street’s commemoration:

J Street honors the memory of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a soldier and statesman who left an indelible mark on Israel and the Middle East.

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.

As Prime Minister, Sharon, 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. When he was cut down by a massive stroke in January 2006, Sharon was planning a similar withdrawal from the West Bank.

One lesson from the Gaza withdrawal is that Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians can only really be solved by the sides negotiating a peace agreement that ends the Israeli occupation, establishes a Palestinian state and settles all outstanding issues and claims. Still, Sharon deserves credit for the intellectual journey he took during his life and for having the courage to lead. His incapacitation, when at the height of his powers, leaves the challenge of making peace to be fulfilled by his successors, notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sharon reminded us that “Israel is a Jewish worldwide project,” and so it is fitting that the loss of its 11th prime minister will be felt not only in Israel, but in Jewish communities around the world. We offer condolences to his family and to the people of Israel.

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  1. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    January 13, 2014, 10:44 am

    RE: “Sharon is only scored for the settlement project in the West Bank. Other than that, the eulogy (published below) is full of praise, and air-brushes Sharon’s war crimes with this diplomatic language: ‘presided over the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon’.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Thank God for Uri Avnery. He is a bona fide Israeli hero.

    SEE: “The War of Lies” , by Uri Avnery, gush-shalom.org09/06/12

    [EXCERPTS] Thirty Years ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.
    Almost all wars are based on lies. Lies are considered legitimate instruments of war. Lebanon War I (as it was later called) was a glorious example.
    From beginning to end (if it has ended yet) it was a war of deceit and deception, falsehoods and fabrications.
    THE LIES started with the official name: “Operation Peace in Galilee”.

    If one asks Israelis now, 99.99% of them will say with all sincerity: “We had no choice. They launched katyushas at the Galilee from Lebanon every day. We had to stop them.” TV anchormen and anchorwomen, as well as former cabinet ministers have been repeating this throughout the week. Quite sincerely. Even people who were already adults at the time.
    The simple fact is that for 11 months before the war, not a single shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border. A cease-fire was in force and the Palestinians on the other side of the border kept it scrupulously. To everybody’s surprise, Yasser Arafat succeeded in imposing it on all the radical Palestinian factions, too.
    At the end of May, Defense Minister Ariel Sharon met with Secretary of State Alexander Haig in Washington DC. He asked for American agreement to invade Lebanon. Haig said that the US could not allow it, unless there were a clear and internationally recognized provocation.
    And lo and behold, the provocation was provided at once. Abu Nidal, the anti-Arafat and anti-PLO master terrorist, sent his own cousin to assassinate the Israeli ambassador in London, who was grievously wounded.

    In retaliation, Israel bombed Beirut and the Palestinians fired back, as expected. The Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, allowed Sharon to invade Lebanese territory up to 40 km, “to put the Galilee settlements out of reach of the katyushas.”
    When one of the intelligence chiefs told Begin at the cabinet meeting that Abu Nidal’s organization was not a member of the PLO, Begin famously answered: “They are all PLO”.
    General Matti Peled, my political associate at the time, firmly believed that Abu Nidal had acted as an agent of Sharon. So do all the Palestinians I know.
    The lie “they shot at us every day” has taken such a hold on the public mind that it is nowadays useless to dispute it. It is an illuminating example of how a myth can take possession of the public mind, including even of people who had seen with their own eyes that the opposite was true.
    NINE MONTHS before the war, Sharon told me about his plan for a New Middle East. . .
    . . . His design for the region, as told me then (and which I published nine months before the war), was:
    • To attack Lebanon and install a Christian dictator who would serve Israel,
    • Drive the Syrians out of Lebanon,
    • Drive the Palestinians out of Lebanon into Syria, from where they would then be pushed by the Syrians into Jordan.
    • Get the Palestinians to carry out a revolution in Jordan, kick out King Hussein and turn Jordan into a Palestinian state,
    • Set up a functional arrangement under which the Palestinian state (in Jordan) would share power in the West Bank with Israel.

    Being a single-minded operator, Sharon convinced Begin to start the war, telling him that the sole aim was to push the PLO 40 km back. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1339170910/

  2. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    January 13, 2014, 11:01 am

    RE: “‘J Street’ says Jews worldwide mourn Sharon, and forgets Sabra and Shatilla”

    MY COMMENT: Some time ago I came across a 46 page PDF that is a summary of the book Charlie Wilson’s War that contained the following mention of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre during Israel’s 1982 war on Lebanon (“Operation Peace in Galilee”):

    He [Charlie Brown] visited the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps. ‘In my usual knee-jerk fashion I assumed there was a
    certain amount of sensationalism in the press and assumed Israel’s culpability had been exaggerated, but I also felt it my duty to see for myself.’ P98. ‘When we got into the camps,’ he recalls, ‘the grief and mourning was still going on. It had been maybe a week since the attack, and we walked down and ran into this woman who was an American Jew…she told me that her people had done something terrible.
    She walked us down to where the victims had been buried in a mass grave…. And I began to get a really terrible feeling in my stomach about it. And what was hanging over me was the Israeli guilt.’
    ‘But when we walked about fifty feet and one of the American embassy people showed me where the Israeli command post was, and I looked at it and at that moment I lost it. My heroes were forever blemished because they would have had to be blindfolded not to have seen and heard what was happening. And then it was clear that they set up the whole thing and sat there and watched it.’
    SOURCE – http://www.fruitfulresearch.com/pdfs/sample_nonfiction_summary.pdf

    • DICKERSON3870
      DICKERSON3870
      January 13, 2014, 11:03 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “29 Years After the Massacre at Sabra Shatila” » By Franklin Lamb, Counterpunch, 9/17/11

      [EXCERPT] Robert Fisk, writing in the UK Independent claims that more than 1000 Palestinians are buried in pits in Lebanon’s only Golf Course that is adjacent to Shatila camp and the Kuwaiti Embassy.
      Dr. Bayan Nuwayhed al Hout — author of “Sabra and Shatila: September 1982″ told this observer: ”I’m positive that dozens of people were buried there with the help of bulldozers. The bulldozers were used to get rid of the dead bodies.” Author Al Hout is referring to the fact that Israel supplied bulldozers, paid for by American taxpayers, to their allies, the right wing Christian militia that committed the slaughter with Israeli facilitation.
      On Saturday morning, September 18, 1982 Israeli Mossad agents inside the camp actually were observed driving three of the bulldozers in a frantic attempt to assist the Christian militia in covering up evidence of the crime
      before the exported international media arrived on the scene. The late American journalist, Janet Lee Stevens, documented that during Sept. 18 and 19th, most of the massacre victims killed during this period were slaughtered inside the joint Israeli-Lebanese Forces “interrogation center.” Janet testified that these killed were put in flatbed trucks and taken to the Golf Course, just 300 yards away, where waiting Israeli bulldozers dug pits. Other trucks drove in the direction of East Beirut. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/16/29-years-after-the-massacre-at-sabra-shatila/

      • DICKERSON3870
        DICKERSON3870
        January 13, 2014, 11:07 am

        P.P.S. AND SEE: “At least 1,700 Palestinians were slaughtered on Israel’s say-so, 25 years ago this week ~ A Letter to Janet About Sabra-Shatilla”, By Franklin Lamb, Counterpunch, 9/15/07

        [EXCERPTS]
        Dearest Janet,
        It’s a very beautiful fall day here in Beirut today. Twenty-five years ago this week since the massacre at the Palestinian refugee camps at Sabra-Shatilla. Bright blue sky and a fall breeze. It actually rained last night. Enough to clean out some of the humidity and dust. Fortunately not enough to make the usual rain created swamp of sewage and filth on Rue Sabra, or flood the grassless burial ground of the mass grave (the camp residents named it Martyrs Square, one of several so named memorials now in Lebanon) where you once told me that on Sunday September 19, 1982, you watched, sickened, as families and Red Crescent workers created a subterranean mountain of butchered and bullet-riddled victims from those 48 hours of slaughter. Some of the bodies had limbs and heads chopped off, some boys castrated, Christian crosses carved into some of the bodies.

        As you later wrote to me in your perfect cursive:

        “I saw dead women in their houses with their skirts up to their waists and their legs spread apart; dozens of young men shot after being lined up against an ally wall; 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.” . . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/09/14/a-letter-to-janet-about-sabra-shatilla/

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        January 13, 2014, 6:40 pm

        Is death where the story ends?

  3. seafoid
    seafoid
    January 13, 2014, 11:08 am

    He was the Jewish Milosevic and the Hague joins Judaism in really missing him.

  4. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    January 14, 2014, 12:48 am

    The attempt to curry favor with the mainstream of American Jews, many of whom prefer to forget/ignore Sabra and Shatila, certainly is not a point in J Street’s favor. J Street is betting on the Obama administration to get the Palestinians and Israelis to reach an agreement. As such J Street and their statements are not “designed” to honestly assess the past, but to encourage a specific direction- negotiations and withdrawals. Sharon represents in this narrow vision (apathetic to unhelpful history) the withdrawal from Gaza, which J street is aspiring towards, but this time arrived at through negotiation.

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