Magazine article New Internationalist

Remembering Sabra and Shatila

Magazine article New Internationalist

Remembering Sabra and Shatila

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On 16 September, the Palestinian refugees of Lebanon will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre with a simple gathering in the camp where their friends and relatives lost their lives.

While the massacre made global headlines, the camps have since become largely invisible to the international community. As the commemoration plans take shape, the plea is twofold: do not forget those who are gone; do not forget those who remain.

During the final stages of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, 2,750 people were murdered in the impoverished refugee camps. Allied with the Phalangiste, a local rightwing Christian militia, Israel's offensive targeted the infrastructure of the Palestine Liberation Organization, then based in Beirut.

As the capital fell to Israel, the army's Chief of Staff assured the Minister of Defence that 'the whole city is in our hands, the camps are closed and surrounded'. The order came from the top that the Phalangists would 'search and mop up the camps'. …

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