by Bob Johnson
The Israeli State Archives has just released the protocol of a cabinet meeting from 1983 in which bloated Israeli war pig Ariel Sharon shows his fear of the exposure of Israel’s coordination with a Christian Lebanese militia to commit genocide against the Palestinian people in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.
The Kahan Commission had reached the conclusion that Israel and in particular Sharon were responsible for the mass slaughter of the defenseless Palestinian children, women and elderly men in the camps. The truth of the genocide charges is not addressed by Sharon or any of his fellow war criminals. Instead the focus is on the negative consequences these charges could bring to Sharon, the Israeli Defense Minister at the time, to Israeli Prime Minister and former Jewish Irgun terrorist Minister Begin, as well as to the rest of the Israeli war mongers in the Israeli cabinet who were at the meeting.
A damning finding (PDF) by the Kahan Commission and which was in their final report was, “We have found, as has been detailed in this report, that the Minister of Defense (Ariel Sharon) bears personal responsibility [for the massacres}. In our opinion, it is fitting that the Minister of Defense draw the appropriate personal conclusions arising out of the defects revealed with regard to the manner in which he discharged the duties of his office-and if necessary, that the Prime Minister consider whether he should exercise his authority under Section 21A( a) of the Basic Law: the Government, according to which ‘the Prime Minister may, after informing the Cabinet of his intention to do so, remove a minister from office.'”
The fact that the commission only called for Sharon’s removal from his position of Israeli Defense Minister instead of his public trial as a genocidal war criminal is in all probability due to the fact that the Kahan Commission was operating through the Israeli government.
One of the findings in the report was that the Israeli government had “ignored” the real risks of genocide. The protocols reveal Sharon told Begin and the cabinet, “This goes well beyond the personal issue on everyone’s mind, of whether I stay or go. The report’s words ‘ignored’ imply that this was done knowingly. That includes all of us sitting around this table who appeared before the commission, including you, Prime Minister [Menachem Begin]. The commission has specifically said that not only was there a risk of a massacre, but that all of us knew this yet ignored it.”
Sharon continued warning the gathering of genocidal Israeli war criminals, “People wishing us ill, and I’ve already heard this, will say that what occurred in those camps was genocide. I’ve heard this from Rashad al-Shawa, the former mayor of Gaza. He stated that such claims are appropriate, linking the massacres to genocide.”
After reading the 1950 statute against genocide to his cohorts Sharon all but admitted his and their part in the shameful, cowardly and repulsive massacre of Palestinian innocents at Shatila and Sabra refugee camps when he said, “We all urged this, we all enabled it, by asking them (the Phalangist Christian militias) to enter the camps. We were present, we lit up the area and we evacuated casualties. It is common knowledge that we were in the area to keep the opposition away, and we did not isolate it from other areas. We kept forces in the area to ensure the mission was carried out, and in case they ran into trouble and needed help getting out.”
Back in 1983 the media in the US should have broadcast this around the country and around the globe. Americans should have taken to the streets to demand the political whores in Washington stop all hand-outs and support of the Jewish terrorist state of Israel. Instead, nothing happened. By our silence and continued status quo support of Israel Americans endorsed and continue to endorse the genocide of the Palestinian children, women and elderly men.
We continue our support of Israel today even though Israel is holding thousands of Palestinian people without charge such as Sammer Issawi. He is on a hunger strike and may soon die. (Click here for his Facebook page.)
We continue to support Israel’s illegal occupation of Jerusalem as the recent visit by US Senator Marco Rubio makes very clear. Rubio told Israeli President Peres regarding Jerusalem, “of course (Jerusalem) is the capital of your country.” Obama will visit Jerusalem and will receive an Israeli medal in appreciation for Obama’s “unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.” Too bad Obama and the other US politicians don’t do that for America and the American people!
Genocide and Israel go hand in hand. Israel is not a democracy but is instead a theocracy based on Judaism and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. This is evident by the fact that Israel does not even have a constitution because of the religious belief that man-made laws such as a constitution cannot take precedence over God’s law which Israel sees as the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. (It’s interesting and revealing that the war-mongering neoconservative movement is based on the Hebrew Bible/OT.)
Being based on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Israel is free to follow the bloody genocidal examples of Bible characters such as Moses. Numbers 31:17-18 informs us that Moses ordered the Israelite army to “kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves” in regards to a recently conquered people. (This has Sabra and Shatila written all over it.)
The American founder and Deist Thomas Paine openly and bravely wrote about the ungodly contents of the Bible in his powerful landmark book on God, Deism and religion, The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition (for Kindle version click here). Regarding the genocide in Numbers 31:17-18 Paine asks us to put ourselves in the place of the victims of Moses and Israel. He wrote, “Let any mother put herself in the situation of those mothers; one child murdered, another destined to violation, and herself in the hands of an executioner; let any daughter put herself in the situation of those daughters, destined as a prey to the murderers of a mother and a brother, and what will be their feelings? It is in vain that we attempt to impose upon nature, for nature will have her course, and the religion that tortures all her social ties is a false religion.”
A powerful statement of Thomas Paine’s found in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition seems to reflect the reality of Sabra and Shatila as well as the Israeli cabinet meeting the recently released protocols reveal. Paine wrote, “The Jews made no converts; they butchered all.”