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In Response to "Is Sharon a War Criminal?"
by Steven Feuerstein


Sent to the Chicago Tribune on February 8, 2021 in response to an op-ed piece by James Ron of John Hopkins University ("Is Sharon a war criminal?"; Chicago Tribute; 2/8/01; p 1:23), which provided details of Ariel Sharon's murderous past, including the 1953 massacre of the Palestinians in the village of Qibya.

I am writing to thank you for your strong coverage in the February 8 issue on the election of Ariel Sharon.  You offered an in-depth perspective of Jordanians who experienced the Kibya massacre led by Ariel Sharon.  You also featured an op-ed column by James Ron that lays out explicitly an argument for considering Ariel Sharon as a war criminal.

This coverage and analysis did point out one serious weakness with the Chicago Tribune's own editorial on this topic.  The Tribune editorialists write that Sharon "was the mastermind of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which cost more than 1,400 Israeli lives."  This statement, while true on its face, reflects the strong pro-Israeli bias of the Chicago Tribune.  Yes, more than 1,400 Israelis died (the vast majority of them soldiers who invaded Lebanon).  But many, many more Lebanese and Palestinians died during the invasion.  Lebanon as a nation was all but destroyed, laying the groundwork for years of conflict and misery for hundreds of thousands of people.

James Ron of John Hopkins University documents irrefutably the horrors of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on your commentary page.  Why is it that the Chicago Tribune has such difficulty in acknowledging the agony visited by Israeli on Lebanese and Palestinians?  And why should your readers believe that you are providing accurate, objective coverage of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip when your bias is so clearly evident?