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January 16, 2014 12:47 pm

Israeli Arab MK: ‘Put War Criminal Sharon on Trial, Even if He is Dead!’

avatar by Aryeh Savir / Tazpit News Agency

The coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Photo: Knesset.

JERUSALEM – Upon news of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the Arab world reacted with scorn and glee. Watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch exposed that Sharon was also attacked by Arab members of Israel’s Knesset, who joined in the verbal assaults on Sharon.

Israeli Arab party Hadash, on its official Arabic Facebook page, announced that “war criminal and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is dead.” Elsewhere on the page, the party referred to Sharon as a “murderer.” The group also posted a cartoon of Sharon walking down towards Hell, dragging iron balls behind him that are chained to his feet and labeled “Deir Yassin,” “Qibya,” “Sabra,” and “Shatila.”

Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, of the Balad party, demanded on Facebook: “Put war criminal Sharon on trial, even if he is dead!”

He accused Sharon of having committed “crimes against humanity,” and suggested “showcase trials in absentia” for Sharon. “Sharon’s death, eight years after he was clinically dead, is an opportunity to emphasize that we must prosecute and bring war criminals to trial in international courts,” he wrote in Arabic. “If this is not possible, as in Sharon’s case, we must conduct a showcase trial with them in absentia, in which detailed charges of their crimes against humanity will be presented. This [should be done] to expose Zionism’s shame and its crimes. Sharon was one of the conspicuous figures who committed and represented them… Sharon is dead, but the criminal policy he adopted still exists. Moreover, it is Israel’s official and operative policy.”

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