Ex-Israel PM Sharon was a criminal: Palestinians

AP, Saturday 11 Jan 2014

Fatah leader holds late Israeli PM Sharon responsible for the death of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat

Palestinians mourn those killed in Sabra and Shatila massacre, committed by Lebanese Phlangists and overseen by Israeli strongman Ariel Sharon, 1982 (Photo: Ahram Archives)

A senior Palestinian figure labelled Israeli former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday, as a criminal and expressed regret he was never taken before the International Criminal Court.

"Sharon was a criminal, responsible for the assassination of (Palestinian president Yasser) Arafat, and we would have hoped to see him appear before the International Criminal Court as a war criminal," said Jibril Rajub, a senior official of the Fatah party.

The Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said Sharon's death was a "historic moment," marking the "disappearance of a criminal whose hands were covered with Palestinian blood."

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