Saturday, March 05, 2005


(1) What Livingstone wrote in the Guradian, 0n 3/4/05: "Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, is a war criminal who should be in prison not in office. Israel's own Kahan commission found that Sharon shared responsibility for the Sabra and Shatila [Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut] massacre."

Here is my response, and the FACTS:

1982: Sabra and Shatila Massacres

As discussed on the Palestine Facts topic page on Sabra and Shatila, on September 16, 1982 the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia entered the Beruit refugee camps looking for PLO fighters. The Phalangist forces, allies of Israel and in an area controlled by the IDF, carried out a 62-hour rampage of rape and murder that left hundreds dead.

In 1983, an Israeli government commission of inquiry, known as the Kahane Commission, determined that Defense Minister Sharon was negligent and should have foreseen that permitting the Phalangist forces to enter the camps carried a potential for catastrophe. They charged that Sharon should have taken precautions against such a massacre. But the commission rejected the idea that Minister Sharon was directly responsible for the crime, an idea that was also rejected by the federal court in New York that heard Sharon's 1985 libel suit against Time magazine who repeated unfounded allegations about Sharon's role. Nonetheless, due to Israeli discomfort with the event, Sharon was forced to resign and face widespread public opprobrium that nearly ended his political career. The matter was therefore lawfully settled in Israeli and US courts with a reasonable conclusion and outcome.

For years, Mr. Sharon's political opponents, in Israel and abroad, along with a host of Arab leaders, have exploited Sabra and Shatila to score moral points against Israel -- even as Syria made an ally of
Elie Hobeika, the Phalangist personally responsible for carrying out the massacres. They continue to accuse Sharon of crimes for which he has already been cleared.



Only an anti-Semite - like Livingstone - would blame a Jew and an Israeli (like Sharon) for crimes committed by Christian Arabs against Muslim Arabs. Blaming Sharon for crimes committed by the Arab Christian Phalange (like those committed at Shatila) in Lebanon is like blaming Rumsfeld for crimes comnmitted by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. It's simply absurd. It's an absurd charge that reveals MORE about Livingstone than Sharon. It reveals that Livingstone is an anti-Semite.

(5) Yusuf al-Qaradawi [...] condemned the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks but who advocates Palestinian suicide bombers against Israeli citizens as a "legitimate and recommended" means of deterring the Israeli "enemy." Livingstone agrees with - and has publicly praised Qardawi, and so implicitly agrees that neojihadist terror against Jews is okay. THAT'S ANTI-SEMITIC.

Livingstone has also FALSELY charged Israelis with ethnic-cleansing against Muslims and Arabs when the EXACT OPPOSITE is true. TAKE THE GAZA WITHDRAWAL AS AN EXAMPLE: Sharon is ethnically-cleansing Gaza of Jews - while 20% - THAT'S RIGHT TWENTY-EFFING PERCENT - of Israel's VOTING POPULATION is Arab Muslim!

Palestinian Arabs - like the "moderate" Abbas - want "Judenrein" in the West Bank too - by requiring that all Israeli/Jewish setlements be emptied as a condition to a settlement; therefore, IT IS THE ARABS WHO WANT ETHNIC-CLEANSING, NOT THE ISRAELIS!!!!

If these illustrate ethnic-cleansing by Jews against Muslims than Livingstone is Chief Rabbi of Lodz! Of course, Livingstone is NOT chief rabbi of anything; he is an abhorrent anti-Semite - like so many on the Left. Like Senator Byrd, Livingstone's recent tirade has exposed him for what he really is: a bigot.

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