How the Butcher Sharon Massacred my Family



How butcher Sharon massacred my relatives

…by  Jamal Kanj  –


No foreign leaders flew in for the funerals ofItzhak Shamir or Menachem Begin, both listed as “wanted terrorists” by the Brits. Yet some 20 shameless spineless international “dignities flew in for Ariel Sharon funeral, the butcher of Sabra and Shatila, Qibya, Gaza among others.

They all celebrated a lifetime of crimes and war crimes. With no sense of shame or remorse. Joe Biden, Dan Shapiro, Debbie Wasserman Schults, Daniel Kurtzer, Eliot Engel, the Czech prime and defense minister, the foreign ministers of Australia, representatives from Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Greece, France, Holland.

More disgusting of all is Tony Blair, the war criminal calling Sharon a “Giant in this land”. This is the personal story of a Palestinian-American Jamal Kanj as friend of mine who lost his family in the Massacres in Sabra and Shatila.


Ariel Sharon(Tuesday, January 14, 2014) – MY friend and I were on a cross-country flight from San Diego to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 1982.

We arrived at our friends’ home with gleaming smiles, but were received with dejected expressions.

“Haven’t you heard the news?” they asked. “What news?” we replied.

“The massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians in and around Sabra and Shatila camps,” was their wretched response.

Needless to say we were glued to the TV listening to trickling reports from inside the camps and watching bloated bodies of women and children paraded on TV screens.

Starting at 6pm on September 16 until 8am on September 18, the Israeli-armed Lebanese Phalange militia went on a killing spree while the Israeli army besieged the camps – stopping anyone from fleeing the massacre.

American reporter Janet Lee Stevens, who was one of the first foreign journalists to enter the camps, described the scene.

“Children with their throats slit, a pregnant woman with her stomach chopped open, her eyes still wide open, her blackened face silently screaming in horror; countless babies and toddlers who had been stabbed or ripped apart and who had been thrown into garbage piles,” she documented.

I didn’t realise at the time that my cousin Saleh and his children were among those murdered in the 36-hour killing orgy.

A 1983 United Nations (UN) team investigating the massacre concluded that “Israel bore responsibility” for the killing of civilians.

In the same year, Israel’s own appointed Kahane Commission reached a similar conclusion – accusing Ariel Sharon of bearing “personal responsibility” for the slaughtering of women and children.

Despite being held accountable for killing more than 3,000 civilians, Sharon refused to resign his Defence Minister post and his patron, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, snubbed requests to fire him.

Following strong pressure from the international community and violent civilian protests in the streets of Tel Aviv Sharon finally agreed to quit the military post, but was retained in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

Less than two decades after the massacre, the former Ariel Scheinerman- born to a Belarusian couple before changing his family name to Sharon- was elected to Israel’s highest office serving as prime minister from 2001 until he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 rendering him comatose.

He followed in the footsteps of two other Israelis: Isaac Shamir and Begin, who decorated Britain’s most wanted terrorist list in the 1940s.

They too were recognised for their murderous contributions to Zionism, reaching the highest political office in the Israeli government.

The Sabra and Shatilla massacre was just one of Sharon’s terrorist achievements on behalf of the state of Israel. He first gained notoriety in the 1950s, serving as a leader in the special, brutal Israeli army Unit 101.

Sharon’s first decorated massacre was in the autumn of 1953 when his unit attacked the village of Qibya and dynamited houses – killing 69 civilians, including children, sleeping peacefully in their homes.

While human rights organisations, along with relatives of murdered civilians, lament Sharon’s escape from justice on earth, morally corrupt leaders of so-called world democracies are absurdly calling this same person – who massacred women and children – a “man of peace”.

In memory of my cousin Saleh and for all those people he massacred throughout his murderous career, I will forever remember Sharon as a decorated butcher.

 Mr. Kanj ( writes regular newspaper column and publishes on several websites. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. The Gulf Daily News newspaper first published a version of this article.



  1. Sami..did Samir Geagea’s people do this? The Lebanese Christian militia? Who made up the Phalange?

    • Charlotte NC Bill… salam… Samir Geagea was a commander of the Lebanese Forces… he was one of the top commanders together with Bashir Gemayel, both of whom coordinated the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 82. The Lebanese Forces where the one who attacked the bus loaded with Palestinians killing all on board back in 75 which triggered the Lebanese Civil War. Samir was also accused and was tried for the assassination of the late prime minister Rachid Karameh and served 9 years in jail.

    • I’m obviously a Christian but ( being in a country that’s 2/3 muslim ) I think the Christians ( which, to me,. means Catholics and E. Orthodox ) should have compromised more.(.they’re living in a past where once Christian Europe is supposed to come save them and help them kill their rivals )..The Palestinians should’ve been given a path to full citizenship…they’re obviously (?) not getting their stolen homes/land back in Talmudia…There’s blame to go around though..But Christians who apologize for, ally with, or defend Talmudia are the lowest life form…I despise them..

  2. Put this on his pedistal or gravestone, and see if people like it: Sharon, the butcher of Palestines.

    This is, how supremacist, self-centered, materialistic people without love, or human morality, behave.

    A degraded kind of human.

  3. There’s no way The Jews could harbor their level of hatred for EVERYONE if they were human. They’re a genetic line of serpents, just like Christ said. Many have joined the human race over hte years, but those who still call themselves “Jews” are beyond redemption.

    There’s NOTHING true or decent about the Jewish so-called “religion”. It’s a pack of lies designed to protect a crime syndicate and demonic cult, plain and simple.

  4. Though I did not lose any family in the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, I want to thank all of you for your sympathies and condolences. I was at my wife bedside in the hospital in Riyadh waiting for the birth of our first-born son Jamil.
    Reagan and Alexander Haige gave the Green light to Sharon to invade Lebanon. Phillip Habib, the US envoy gave Arafat a written guarantee that nothing will happens to those Palestinians left behind. Elie Hobieka the commander of the Lebanese Phalange went on and was appointed by Hafez Assad (father of Bashar) as a minister in the first post PLO Lebanon. Pierre Rizk the Lebanese Phalange security chief at the massacre became a trusted personal friend and financial advisor of Arafat and his wife Suha earning more than $20 in one deal. Arafat, the PLO, Fatah and the Palestine National Congress never opened a formal board of inquiry into the massacres and of course, Arafat and the PLO leadership never looked back at the Palestinians left behind in Lebanon. Arafat, the PLO and Fatah came back to manage the Israeli Occupation, earning big bucks doing that.

    • I had always suspected the PLO was deeply compromised at some level. Probably many good people supporting it, just as here in the US we have many good people carrying banners for groups they really know nothing about. Completely unaware of what they give their energy too behind the scenes.

  5. I saw the headline and got goosebumps.

    What exactly are the Phalange militia? Zionist Christians? Leftists? I heard the term, but I have no real idea.

  6. Mr. Jadallah, The tremendous suffering of you, your friends & family as well as all of the Palestinian people is beyond horrific. My deepest compassion goes out to all of you. Justice is way overdue!!! What especially sickened me re the hypocrites from Washington, D.C. who attended the memorial for Sharon was Joe Biden proudly proclaiming in front of a camera, “I am a Zionist” to an Israeli journalist. My heart is with the Palestinians all the way…

  7. My heart goes out to you Sami.
    It is just amazing how the whole world looks on.
    Every day you are reading about the misery the people endure.
    Is it not the settlers is the IDF.
    When I see the officials of Europe going to the funeral of Sharon, I wonder, did they
    forget how they suffered under the Nazis?
    The same suffering is now going on by the Palestinians.
    Everybody afraid to say something, than the word anti-Semite pops up.
    They should pay more attention to the Jewish group who is against all the injustice.
    But I guess like always money talks and nuclear threat from Israel if they don’t cooperate?

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