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SHULAMIT ALONI INTERVIEW: "ISRAELI TERROR IS WORSE"

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  • Deborah Maccoby
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3119885,00.html English http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/1,7340,L-3119815,00.html Hebrew ‘Israeli terror is worse’
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      �Israeli terror is worse�
      19:04 , 07.29.05
      Former Education Minister Shulamit Aloni blasts �megalomaniac� Prime
      Minister Sharon in interview with Arab-Israeli newspaper, says he should
      face justice. Aloni also charges Israel a racist state that commits war
      crimes
      By Roee Nahmias


      TEL AVIV � Israel is a racist state that commits war crimes and resorts to
      terrorism worse than that employed by the Palestinians, former Education
      Minister Shulamit Aloni charged in an unusually scathing interview with
      Nazareth-based Arab-Israeli newspaper Kul al-Arab.




      Other highlights from the interview include �(Prime Minister) Sharon should
      face justice,� �Israel is following Mussolini�s way,� and �some soldiers
      behave like animals.�




      When asked how she characterizes the prime minister, Aloni responded:
      �Sharon is a big, arrogant nationalist. He suffers from megalomania and
      doesn�t mind sacrificing the lives of others, as happened in the invasion of
      Lebanon.�




      �Sharon and the Israeli leadership always try to make Israelis believe the
      lie that the Palestinians want to throw us to the sea,� the former minister
      charged. �In fact, we are the ones who commit war crimes against humanity,
      and I hope Sharon will face justice.�




      �Government, settlers coordinate anti-pullout campaign�




      Turning her attention to the disengagement plan, Aloni leveled more charges,
      saying she fears the evacuation from Gaza will turn Palestinian life in the
      West Bank �into hell.�




      �I want to note that National Union Knesset Member Benny Elon recently said
      that settlers intend to embitter the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank,
      until they emigrate from here,� she said. �I see testament to that in the
      existence of an IDF unit comprising radical religious soldiers, who are no
      different than animals in their daily behavior.�




      Aloni also expressed her surprise that Israelis continue to play the �role
      of victims� and the American President accepts that image while declaring
      that �Israel has the right to defend itself, while ignoring the fact we have
      one of the most powerful armies in the Middle East.�




      The former minister also resorted to apparent conspiracy theories, claiming
      the government and settlers were �secretly coordinating� anti-pullout
      resistance in order to create a �national shock� and convince the world of
      the difficulties inherent in withdrawing from the West Bank.




      �Israel no different than South Africa�




      Turning her attention to the Palestinians, Aloni said had she been a
      Palestinian she would have called for the cessation of suicide bombings and
      the adoption of the non-violent approach of Mahatma Ghandi.




      �It�s true that the terror utilized by Israel in the territories is worse
      than Palestinian terrorism, but the Hamas movement gives the occupation the
      opportunity and means to deepen,� she said.




      When asked about how she views Israel�s future, Aloni responded: �I can show
      you Mussolini�s books about fascism . If you read them you�ll reach the
      unequivocal conclusion that ministers in the current Israeli government are
      walking on the same path.�




      �Only in a country like this can a murderer�reach the post of Defense
      Minister,� she charged. �Israel, in fact, is no different than racist South
      Africa as long as it presents itself as Jewish state instead of a state of
      all its citizens.�




      However, when asked about the chances of a leftist revival in Israel, Aloni
      was pessimistic, and chose to level some more charges.




      �If you look for the Left, you won�t find it,� she said. �Former Prime
      Minister Ehud Barak killed it. The Left�s collapse resulted from several
      reasons, including the Labor party�s participation in Sharon�s former
      government.�










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