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Sharon Interview with General Ouze Merham is a Big Lie

Sharon Interview with General Ouze Merham is a invention as described by the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
A search for "General Ouze Merham" on Google http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=General+Ouze+Merham&btnG=Google+Search finds a quote attributed to Ariel Sharon. It can only be found on anti-Israel/Zionist, pro-Palestinian websites. Not a single Israeli website Everyone believes it is true, but no one has been able to document its original source. So when I tried to track down the source I asked a number of people. Along with the invented 'interview' is one of the replies I received. Abba Avraham "I don't know something called International Principles. I vow that I'll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian childs existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I've killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian women is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do." [Ariel Sharon, current Prime Minister, In an interview with General Ouze Merham, 1956] Date sent: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 15:11:58 +0200 From: International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism Organization: International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism To: [available upon request] Subject: Re: Ariel Sharon In an interview with General Ouze Merham, 1956 Hello, The comment that you quoted is indeed an invention, and a rather lame one. To begin with, any public expression of such sentiments would be grounds for dismissing a soldier from the army. Hatred is considered to render the soldier incapable of clear judgement and unreliable in carrying out the will of the state. Indeed many young hotheads have been dismissed from active combat duty because of their expression of racist sentiments--sentiments that could have serious consequences in an army in which Jews serve alongside Druze and Bedouin Arab soldiers. One clue to the fact that the comment is a pure fabrication is the use of the word "Palestinian." In 1956, the term had still not taken hold in reference to Palestinian Arabs, but was at times used to refer to Jews born in Mandatory Palestine prior to the establishment of Israel. The Arabs in Palestine often referred to themselves as residents of "Greater Syria," or of the new state of Jordan. Many were also eligible for citizenship in the new state of Iraq, by virtue of their parents having come from the region prior to the establishment of Iraq. However, a large number had been caught in the process of migrating to look for work at the very time when the modern states were being set up by the great powers, and thus found themselves stateless on arrival in Mandatory Palestine. At any rate, the term "Palestinian Arab" was made popular only in the early 1960's by what eventually became Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, the Palestine Liberation Movement, which was founded in 1964. It did not catch on right away, and certainly had not gained enough provenance to have been used by Ariel Sharon in 1956. There is simply no way that an Israeli--and certainly not one expressing the sentiments ascribed to Sharon in this comment--would at that time have used the term "Palestinian" to refer to the Arabs. Even when the term began to be used by the PLO in the 1960's, it was scoffed at, on the grounds that there had never been any state in the region called Palestine (see Golda Meir's comment, "There is no such thing as the 'Palestinian people'," referring to the PLO's use of the term.). I hope this will help to clarify things. Sincerely, Yael Shahar International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism