35 years a go this month Israel was deep in fighting in Southern Lebanon….and Israel allowed on of the most disgusting tragedies happen…the Massacre nat the Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camps….
I try to remind readers of this disaster…..
There is NO excuse to allow a group to enter a refugee camp a slaughter women and children and the elderly….NO EXCUSE!
And yet we hear of something among these lines yearly…..
Thirty-Five years ago as Israel overran West Beirut, Lebanese Christian militiamen entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in West Beirut. Over three days, Israeli forces sealed the camp and allowed them to slaughter several thousand refugees.
I was then a young orthopedic trainee who had resigned from St. Thomas Hospital in London to join a Christian Aid medical team helping those wounded during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon a few months earlier. Beirut was under siege. Water, food, electricity and medicines were blockaded. The invasion left thousands dead and wounded, and made an estimated 100,000 people homeless.
I was seconded to the Palestine Red Crescent Society to take charge of the orthopedic department in Gaza Hospital in the Sabra and Shatila camp in West Beirut. I met Palestinian refugees in their bombed out homes and learned how they became refugees in one of the 12 Palestinian camps in Lebanon. Until then I did not know Palestinians existed.
Never forgive and never forget!