World Bulletin / News Desk
The residents of the Gaza Strip were infuriated on Monday by news that former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon had been buried in the Negev Desert, only a few kilometers away from their coastal enclave.
"This is a major provocation to the sentiments of the Palestinians," Hani Abu Zaid, a 50-year-old Gaza resident, told Anadolu Agency.
"Sharon had massacred many Palestinians. How come they bury him a few kilometers away from us?"
Sharon was pronounced dead on Saturday at the age of 85 after eight years in coma.
For millions of Arabs and Palestinians, Sharon was a mass murdered and a war criminal.
He is blamed for the 1982 massacre of Sabra and Shatila during the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon.
In 1983, Sharon was forced to resign as defense minister for failing to stop the massacre, in which thousands of civilians have reportedly been killed.
Hawkish Sharon also sparked the second Palestinian uprising in 2000 by his provocative visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine, in the company of heavily armed Israeli guards.
Sharon had expressed a desire to be buried beside his wife at his Negev Desert farm.
But this is upsetting Palestinians, who already lament that he had died before being brought to justice for his crimes.
"Sharon is a war criminal," Abu Shaaban, a Gaza vegetable seller, told AA.
He said the Israelis do not have the right to bury anybody, particularly Sharon, in Arab land.
Ibtissam al-Zubaidi, another Gaza resident, denounced what she called Arab silence at Sharon's burial in Negev.
"Burying him in this place is meant to offend the feelings of Arabs and Palestinians," al-Zubaidi, a physical therapy specialist, said.
"How can a man who killed thousands of Palestinians be buried in such close proximity?" she asked.Last Mod: 13 Ocak 2014, 17:10