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  The 29th memory of Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut, in 1982
Humanitarian Voice - 2011-09-19

one image of Sabra and Shatila Israeli massacre in 1982

The Sabra and Shatila massacre took place in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon, between September 16 and September 18, 1982, during the Lebanese civil war.

Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were massacred in the camps by the Israeli supporters Phalangist militia while the camp was surrounded by Israeli forces.
In that period of time, Israel was at war with Lebanon. The Israeli forces occupied Beirut and dominated militarily the refugee camps of Palestinians and controlled the entrance to the city.

Later, the Israeli forces were ruled to have been involved directly in massacres carried out in both camps.

Historian Sami Hadawi has recorded that the 1982 massacre at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon, like the 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin was a cold, calculated atrocity. The heinous nature of the crime committed by Sharon’s proxy militias, the Phalangists, has been depicted as barbaric in the extreme.

Hence the nightmare of Sabra and Shatila has served to depict Sharon as the “Butcher of Beirut”. In addition his Defence Force members have been described as those that “slaughter children” and as those that “rip open pregnant women’s stomachs”. More chilling is the account of them “betting on the sex of the embryos”.

This cruelty is in reference to a gruesome practice that was enacted in the massacres, according to the accounts of several eyewitnesses who saw fetuses placed on stakes at the site of the massacre.

So while the world is pre-occupied with America’s “war on terror” following 9/11, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories as well as in Lebanon would correctly question the morality of countries such as the United States which underwrite aid to Israel to the tune of billions of dollars in addition to supplying arms and weapons of mass destruction.

While more than 2,750 innocent Palestinian women, children and old men were murdered, the Israeli Knesset acted as if nothing was amiss.

The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that there were 2.750 people killed in Sabra and Shatila; the real figure is thought to be much higher and may never be known.

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