Sharon opposed findings of Sabra, Shatilla probe


Declassified protocols show then-defense minister saying report finds Israel responsibile, makes massacre seem like genocide.

ed note–there are several things worth noting here.

The ‘phalangists’ mentioned in this story that were directly responsible for the deaths of almost 4,000 civilians in the Sabra/Shatilla Camps were UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ISRAEL. Israel provided them with weapons, ammo, logisitical support, air cover, etc, going so far as to keep the camps well lit at night so that the killers could go in and find women and children who were hiding for their lives. Those who seek to blame the Lebanese for this are the Jews themselves, who simply used their Gentile subjects to do the dirty work so that Israel would not get the blame.

2nd, Sharon was in command of this operation.

3rd, Sharon’s protest that the report makes it sound like ‘genocide’ took place is based upon the fact that in his eyes, as a Jew, Gentiles are not people, and therefore when 100, or 1,000, or 10,000 or even a million of them die, it is not ‘genocide’ per se, as they are not considered human beings under Jewish religious law.

Ariel Sharon, the defense minister who oversaw Israel’s 1982 operation in Lebanon to oust the PLO, was vehemently opposed to the adoption of findings from a report into a massacre at the two Palestinian refugee camps by Israel’s Lebanese allies, newly declassified documents show.

Members of the Christian Phalangist militia entered the camps of Sabra and Shatilla in Beirut on September 16, 1982, carrying out an assault that led to the slaughter of between 762 and 3,500 people. Nearly all of the dead were women, children and elderly men.

“If we adopt this report, those who seek our destruction might claim that what happened at the camps [Sabra and Shatilla] was genocide,” then-defense minister Sharon said at a cabinet meeting on February 10, 1983 to discuss whether or not to adopt the Kahan Commission conclusions.

After the assassination of Lebanese President Bashir Gemayal, a Maronite, Israel reacted by quickly occupying West Beirut, in order to prevent militia attacks against the Palestinian civilians. Israel had initially hoped that Gemayal would turn Lebanon into a Christian-ruled ally and neighbor, but with the growing presence of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Israel felt compelled to intervene.

The commission of inquiry, headed by Judge Yitzhak Kahan, recommended that Sharon resign. But Sharon, who refused to do so, told the cabinet meeting that the report’s conclusions “would leave the Mark of Cain on our foreheads forever.”

Sharon asserted that only selected sections of the report should be adopted: “The report determines that the State of Israel, and not just the Israeli government or the IDF, are responsible. The commission determines that the chance that this massacre could happen not only existed, but was known to government officials and they ignored it, meaning knowingly,” Sharon said. “That includes all of us, that includes you, prime minister.”

Sharon resigned as defense minister only after a grenade thrown into a Peace Now protest calling for his resignation killed one person and wounded ten others. In 2001, Sharon became prime minister for the first time.

Gabriella Tzvia Weiniger contributed to this

  1. #1 by ruby22-kate on 02/21/2013 - 9:34

    Sharon and his cronies do indeed have the mark of Cain, indelible and permanent for eternity.
    How could any rational human being have such confident bigotry that they are special and those of us not in their blood clique are children of a lesser god.

    Who could ever forget Jr.Bush calling Sharon a man of peace? Sharon a brutal usurper has been all but forgotten, unlike the memory of Arafat, whatever his faults.

  2. #2 by Gail Jones on 02/21/2013 - 9:34

    The Israelis suffer from delusions of grandure !”They are in fact “the sons of SATAN”and the ignorant U.S.GOY are Allowing their tax dollars to be used to support these madmen. Wake up America they will step on you like a BUG when they’re done with you. They’ve already started,
    you’re money is buying and building the drones that they have already started to use on you. And they are taking your guns away so you can’t fight back. Your Govt. did 911 and there’s no doubt
    they are behind all the shootings that are going on, to get you to agree………IDIOTS !!!

  3. #3 by Dante Ardenz on 02/21/2013 - 9:34

    The Jews believe in wiping out whole nations.And that means everyone !Today its Iran,before that Iraq,Palestine,Egypt,Syria,Germany,Japan,Russia (Communist Takeover funded/staffed by Jews)the US Civil War,and the list is endless.The stupid \’Christian’s of today,who mindlessly obey the paid off priests and ministers don’t realize they’d kill them too !

  4. #4 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    That little fat pig had blood on his hands alright. May he rot. Despicable slug! He was just trying to make sure his ‘legacy’ was not ‘tarnished’. What bullshit. Sabra Shatila was a bloody massacre, an unreal slaughter of innocent people mostly women & children. I loathe the scum that do these things.

  5. #5 by ruby22-kate on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    December 2012 was the 122 anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre. The first thing the feds went after were the people’s weapons, only then did they begin their state sponsored slaughter. The majority of the dead were women, children and elders. I believe this is when the infamous saying “Nits make lice.” was uttered by some army official when asked if it were true that woman & children should be targeted and exterminated.

    In Sabra & Shatilla the prelude to the massacre was an agreement brokered by US I believe to deport the PLO from Lebanon, in other words, the only defenders of the Palestinian refugees were on a boat to Tunisia before Sharon began his operation to genocide the people seeking refuge in the Palestinian refugee camps. What really surprises me here is that Sharon was censured and forced out of office, albeit temporarily.

    I do not possess words ugly enough to describe the monster Sharon

    But the taking away people’s ability to defend themselves coupled with the aggressors increasing use of dehumanizing propaganda, should be seen as the first steps to total tyranny and murder,

  6. #6 by m_s on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    Henry Cattan: “The Palestine Question”, p. 172:

    “As to the decision for the entry of the Lebanese militiamen into the Sabra and Chatila camps, it appears from the testimony of Rafael Eitan, Israel’s Chief of Staff, before the Israeli Commission of Inquiry that it was taken by him and by Defence Minister Ariel Sharon on 14 September 1982. This was followed by meetings between these two military chiefs and Phalangist commanders to coordinate the operation of the militiamen’s entry into the camps. The decision to allow the militiamen’s entry into the camps was approved by the Israeli Cabinet on 16 September after it began to be put into execution.”

    The Israeli cabinet notes, published in: Jerusalem Post, 9 February 1983, p. 7, cited in Cattan, p. 182:

    “The Chief of Staff provided details about the IDF’s operation in West Beirut and about his meetings with Phalangist personnel. He said, inter alia, that he had informed the Phalangist commanders that their men would have to take part in the operation and go in where they were told, that early that evening they would begin to fight and would enter the extremity of Sabra, that the IDF would ensure that they did not fail in their operation but IDF soldiers would not fight together with the Phalangists, rather the Phalangists would go in there ‘with their own methods’ (p. 16 of the minutes of the meetings, Exhibit 22). In his remarks the Chief of Staff explained that the camps were surrounded ‘by us’, that the Phalangists would begin to operate that night in the camps, that we could give them orders whereas it was impossible to give orders to the Lebanese Army . . .”

  7. #7 by Ingrid B on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    “Sharon asserted that only selected sections of the report should be adopted” :

    were they able to get away with this?

    just saw on Press TV that Syrian “rebels” are attacking Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon..

  8. #8 by ruby22-kate on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    Ingrid, I can’t answer your question as I’m not up on the particulars, but from the record of all recent similar slaughters done by Israelis themselves, such as Cast Lead & Mavi Marmara, they seem to get away with everything.

  9. #9 by ruby22-kate on 02/22/2013 - 9:34

    When I learned of the Sabra & Shatilla annihilation it was confusing to me. The Phalangists were a Lebonese minority bitterly opposed to Palestinians, they did the actual murders & atrocities. They are the ones that loaded truck after truck of Palestian men & took them to huge sports comples, lined them up against the wall and executed all, in the supreme act of racism. They are the ones that murdered and mutilated men, women, children and elders and even Lebanese who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Israel, had funded and armed the Phalangists and planned how best to genocide these two refugee camps. Sharon masterminded these plans, he totally believed that Jews are somehow holy while the non Jew is from evil so he could rationalize his brazen savagery and cruel contempt for gentile human life.

    I believe Sabra & Shatilla massacre happened in 1982, I was unaware of it until the beginning of the new century, it was buried deep in the news if it saw inkprint at all. Some reporters, Robert Fisk springs to mind have covered this tragic this blatant extermination of the two crowded camps since it happened, and even if you’re disillusioned with Fisk his early work if still relevant and informative.

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on 02/23/2013 - 9:34

    @Kate, it is difficult for those of us who were brought up to respect life, to understand those who take lives so easily, if, that is, it is at all possible to understand.. re. Fisk, I agree, he did a lot of good reporting, but I cannot forgive his public humiliation of the Iranian President at a press conference..

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