A top Palestinian security chief, Mohammed Dahlan, lashed out Tuesday at Israel's hardline opposition leader Ariel Sharon after he called for him to be "eliminated."
"He is a criminal, not an official, but a killer," Dahlan, head of preventative security in the Gaza Strip, told AFP. "This reflects Israeli racism. This is a call for Israelis to hit and assassinate."
Sharon, leader of the right-wing Likud party, the second largest in the country, said Israel should strike at Dahlan after the deadly bombing Monday of a school bus carrying Jewish settler children in the Gaza Strip.
"We must eliminate all those who lift their hand against Jewish children, who prevent the Israeli population from living normally," Sharon said.
Israeli military and internal security officials singled out Dahlan in accusing the Palestinian Authority of responsibility for the bombing which left two settlers dead and nine people wounded, including five children, and triggered massive Israeli raids on Palestinian targets in the Gaza strip.
Palestinians blame Sharon for sparking the violence that has racked Palestinian territories with a provocative visit September 28 to the Jerusalem mosque compound or Temple Mount, a site that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
A former Israeli defense minister, Sharon is reviled around the Arab world for his role in the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, during which more than 1,000 Palestinian refugees were massacred by pro-Israeli militias -- GAZA CITY (AFP)
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