Daily Israel Report

MK Zahalka: Dead or Not, Sharon Must Go on Trial

Ariel Sharon may be gone, but Arab MK Jamal Zahalka isn't done with him. He wants Sharon to stand trial posthumously for 'war crimes'
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/12/2014, 9:19 PM

MK Jamal Zahalka
MK Jamal Zahalka
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Ariel Sharon may be gone, but Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) isn't done with him. Calling Sharon a “war criminal,” Zahalka said the former Prime Minister should be put on trial posthumously – to make an example out of him.

Writing on his Facebook page, Zahalka said that “Sharon's biological death reminds us that war criminals should be tried before international courts. If, as in Sharon's case, this is no longer possible, he should be put on trial anyway, even if he is not present, and indicted for crimes against humanity. This should be done in order to strip Zionism naked and show the world its sins. Sharon was one of Zionism's greatest spokespeople.”

Sharon's “criminal” career, said Zahalka, stretches back to the 1950s, when he set up a special combat unit to deal with cross-border terror attacks from Jordan and Egypt. "Sharon is personally responsible for the Kibya massacre, for murdering Egyptian POWs in the 1967 war, for the massacres in the first war against Lebanon in 1982, and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre,” he claimed. He also blamed Sharon for the “massacre at Jenin” during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 – a massacre that never happened but which has served Arab Muslim propaganda – and for the elimination of top Hamas terrorist Ahmad Yassin. In fact, he added, Sharon was responsible for the death of Yasser Arafat.

Zahalka wrote on his post that an IDF officer once tried to convince Sharon that there were “good Arabs.” Sharon contemptuously waved his hand in the direction of the Gaza cemetery, saying, “that's where the good Arabs are. Sharon is dead but his evil policies live on,” said Zahalka. “These policies are the official policies of Israel.”