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Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon is in grave condition: Queen's University expert

2014-01-21

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to comment on the health of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. After experiencing a setback last week, former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s family has gathered by his bedside and the Sheba Medical Center is calling his condition grave. The former prime minister suffered a stroke eight years ago and has been in a coma ever since.

“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.”

To reach Dr. Hassan-Yari over the weekend please email him at hassan-yari-h@rmc.ca.

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.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queeunsu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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