Today is the day that we remember the massacre of Palestinians by Lebanese militias working with Israeli forces during the invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
I have written about this tragedy every year…..the world must remember the mass murder of women and children and old people by allies of Israel as they watched over the camp.
The intense summer heat was gone and the evening was breezy and cool that fateful Thursday evening, September 15, 1982, according to survivors of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre who, 34 years later, still remember and recount many details of the slaughter that was soon to follow.
It was following the 9/14/1982 assassination of President-elect Bachir Gemayel, leader of the Lebanese Forces militia and senior Kataeb Party official, that Israeli forces closed in with their tanks and blockaded the Shatila refugee camp and the adjacent Sabra neighborhood. By prearrangement with their Christian phalange allies, the Israeli invaders led the Kataeb affiliated Phalange militia from Beirut airport north two miles to inside the camp, in violation of their agreement with the US Reagan administration.
Israel has committed several crimes against humanity and have NEVER had to pay a price for their barbarity. Sabra and Shatila and the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty….two events that should NEVER be forgotten…..no matter how much Israel tries to whitewash their crimes.