Submit this Ariel Sharon obituary to your local papers

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Ariel Sharon, 85, former Prime Minister of Israel, died Saturday.

Born Ariel Scheinermann, Feb. 26, 1928, in an agricultural village in northwest Palestine to the late Shmuel and Vera Scheinerman, he grew up to become a militarized youth intent on intimidating the Palestinians living in the area in which his family settled. He later joined the Haganah, a paramilitary group responsible for paving the way for Israel’s creation through human rights violations and war crimes.

Ariel’s military career took off by the mid-1940s and he quickly made a name for himself as an overly aggressive and insubordinate strategist. In 1953, Ariel led an attack against the village of Qibya, killing 69 Palestinians, most of them women and children. This would mark the first of many massacres drawn up by Ariel.

Following his massacres in Jenin, Sabra and Shatila, and everywhere in between, Ariel assumed the position of Prime Minister. His…

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