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Sabra and Shatila – 16th-18th September 1982 Remembered

October 3, 2012

Between 15th and 18th September 1982, the Israeli Minister of Defence, Ariel Sharon and one of his generals, Rafeel Eitan, sent the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia into the two Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila with orders to wipe out the Palestinian refugees. While the phalangists were committing gross attrocities and massacres, the Israeli forces sealed off the camps to stop Palestinians escaping and any outsiders entering.

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

The principal war criminal bearing responsibility for the massacres that took place at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon is Ariel Sharon. Israel’s own investigative body, the Kahan Commission, found Sharon responsible for the massacres and further recommended that Sharon be removed from Public Office.

Israelis in their tens of thousands took to the streets in 1982 in protest at Sharon’s action, only to elect him by tens of thousands of votes as their Prime Minister in 2001.

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.

Source: Palestine Beginner’s Guide


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