Remembering Sabra-Shatilla

18 Sep

 

From 16 to 18 September 1982, within a period of 3 days, as many as 2000 innocent civilians were believed to be killed in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra Shatila.

This was massacre on a large scale, inflicted in cold blood, against innocent civilians.

Israeli troops who surrounded the camp on 16th September, allowed the Lebanese Forces (LF), the militia arm of the Israel allied Phalange party into the camps to search for suspects who were thought to have assassinated the then Lebanese President, Bashir Gemayel, even though Palestinians had claimed they were not involved in the killing.

Says Jamila Khalife to Al Jazeera, who survived the slaughter,“The Israelis were wearing military uniforms. The Phalange wore jeans, normal clothes and military arm bands. They swore at us in Lebanese Arabic”.

According to “A Letter to Janet About Sabra-Shatilla” by Franklin Lamb, published in Counterpunch; “the families of the victims of the massacre daily sink deeper into the abyss.” even after 25 years. Many of the LF killers have admitted their role in the killing. They admitted to being “supplied with cocaine, hashish and alcohol to increase their courage.”

Yet, none of the killers have been held accountable for their actions.

Though Arial Sharon was found by the Israeli Kahan Commission Inquiry to be personally responsible for allowing the Sabra-Shatilla massacre to occur, and thus resigned as Minister of Defense; he retained his Cabinet position in Begin’s Government and held 4 more ministerial posts for the next 16 years. None of the Phalange and Haddad militia who were involved in the killings were punished but instead obtained blanket amnesty from the Lebanese government.

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