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World leaders remember Ariel Sharon: Queen's University expert

2014-01-21

University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to comment on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He died Saturday night at aged 85, eight years after suffering a massive stroke at the height of his political power.

“Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister, had a colourful and controversial personality,” says Dr. Hassan-Yari. “A decorated general, he was found guilty by an Israeli judge for his role in the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila refugees camp in Lebanon. He later became prime minister and credited for his decision to withdraw Israeli settlers and forces from the Palestinian Gaza Strip. He was a major actor in his country’s politics and armed forces.”

Please note that Dr. Hassan-Yari (who speaks French, English and Farsi) wants to be identified in the media as a Middle East expert from Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

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