I apologize for I intended to post this yesterday but a trip to the hospital for tests stopped the process of posting…..
The news out of the Middle East is that BiBi is running in a close election….we in the West could care less…..
I have tried to make my readers aware of this event that gets little attention in the Western media……https://lobotero.com/2018/09/18/sabra-and-shatila-a-remembrance/
This historical even took place in southern Lebanon……
Israel’s invasion began June 6, 1982. After much destruction, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which had defended the camps since its inception, agreed to leave Lebanon in August. They were given American assurances that civilians left behind would be protected. The president-elect of Lebanon, and the leader of the Phalange, was assassinated on September 14th. The Israeli army proceeded to invade and occupy West Beirut.
Israeli troops surrounded the camps to prevent the refugees from leaving and allowed entry of the Phalange, a known enemy of the Palestinians. The Israelis fired flares throughout the night to light up the killing field – thus allowing the militiamen to see their way through the narrow alleys of the camps. The massacre went on for two days. As the bloodbath concluded, Israel supplied the bulldozers to dig mass graves. In 1983, Israel’s investigative Kahan Commission found that Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Defense Minister, bore “personal responsibility“ for the slaughter.
It has been 37 years and the wounds are still open for this attack…this event should NEVER be forgotten….like the USS Liberty incident that is all but forgotten…..and the perpetrators have NEVER paid a price for the crimes.
Lest We Forget!
“Lego Ergo Scribo”
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.
Forty years ago today, 17 September…..Pres, Carter, PM Begin and Egypt’s Sadat met for 2 weeks at Camp David and came away with a peace agreement signed by all sides…..
At the White House in Washington, D.C., Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities. The accords were negotiated during 12 days of intensive talks at President Jimmy Carter’s Camp David retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. The final peace agreement–the first between Israel and one of its Arab neighbors–was signed in March 1979. Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.
A state of war had existed between Egypt and the State of Israel since the establishment of Israel in 1948. In the first three Arab-Israeli wars, Israel decisively defeated Egypt. As a result of the 1967 war, Israel occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the 23,500-square-mile peninsula that links Africa with Asia. When Anwar el-Sadat became Egyptian president in 1970, he found himself leader of an economically troubled nation that could ill afford to continue its endless crusade against Israel. He wanted to make peace and thereby achieve stability and recovery of the Sinai, but after Israel’s stunning victory in the 1967 war it was unlikely that Israel’s peace terms would be favorable to Egypt. So Sadat conceived of a daring plan to attack Israel again, which, even if unsuccessful, might convince the Israelis that peace with Egypt was necessary.
This was the closest the Middle East had come to peace in many years and within a short period….Sadat had been assassinated and Begin also….Carter was replaced with Reagan and from that point on peace was never on the agenda.
The world missed the perfect opportunity to have a lasting peace….and history has shown just how bad events have gotten since those days 40 years ago.
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…..
Source: Remembering the Sabra-Shatila massacre – Al Jazeera English
Source: Sabra And Shatila–34 Years On – In Saner Thought
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.
Source: The forgotten refugees: Survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre – Middle East Monitor
Never forgive and never forget!
I have written many times about there being “no shared experience” by the American people….but they continue to wrap themselves in the flag as if there was….simply proclaiming one is a patriot does not make it so….
By now everyone has seen the confrontations of the NAs and the pipeline people in North Dakota……whether you agree with their stands or not…the NAs have a good point…it is their land and they should decide who or what will destroy it….
RAMZY BAROUD writes on the similarities between the Native American and Palestinian struggles
THOUSANDS of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory.
The standoff, involving 5,000 Native American protesters, including representatives of 200 tribes and environmental groups, has been largely reduced in news reports to a matter of technical detail — concerning issues of permits and legal proceedings.
At best, both the tribes and the oil company are treated as if they are equal parties in a purportedly proportionate tussle.
Source: Morning Star :: A spirited fight for justice | The Peoples Daily
Back in the 60’s my grandfather when talking about the Israel-Arab conflict said…..”If the Palestinians were in this country they would be Apache” (he chose Apache because he was Jicarilla)…..even 50 years ago he saw where the two people had a shared experience…..
No matter how it is cut there will be those that do not see the similarities because they reduce everyone down to a stereotype….ignore all you like but the truth is that the similarities are there.
Today’s news is the all important “one eyed snake” test that Trump had or that some late night host messed his hair up….this is what passes for news these days…your Pulitzer awaits!
30 years ago today the IDF allowed Lebanese militias enter a Palestinian refugees camps and allowed a massacre of woman, children and old people…..
Source: BBC News | PANORAMA | Sabra and Shatila: Dealing with facts
An interview with a person that was there that fateful day…….
On Sunday, the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre was commemorated by people of different nationalities around the world. In Lebanon the commemoration was only observed by Palestinians living in refugee camps; Lebanese people were not concerned.
The massacre carried out by the Phalange, a Christian Maronite militia acting in full cooperation with Israel, was among the most atrocious episodes of recent history. But it is still absent from our collective Lebanese memory.
The Sabra and Shatila massacre is another taboo in Lebanon that needs to be addressed publicly and soberly; maybe admitting the wrongdoing could prevent us from further subjugating the Palestinian refugees who are residing here temporarily until they return to their occupied homeland.
Source: “They shot my father in the head”: interview with survivor of Sabra and Shatila massacre | The Electronic Intifada
Sadly this will not be reported….just like the IDF attack on the USS Liberty….this will be swept under the rug like anything negative about Israel.
I have been writing about the “intifadas” of the Palestinians….I was in the area when the first one was happening….December 1987……I witnessed some amazing bravery and gonads by the Palestinian protesters…..
Americans do not understand what or why the intifadas were important…..they were the people of the Occupied Territories trying to reclaim their heritage and their rights…..something most Americans could understand and would understand if it were anybody but Palestinians protesting Israel.
I have tried to explain as best as I can but I have fallen short on every occasion……I did find a good article by Ramzy Baroud that does the very thing that I tried……
Please check it out if you are interested in knowing why a people would resort to this sort of situation……
Whether history moves in a straight or cyclical line, it matters little. The uncontested fact is that it is in constant motion. Thus, the current situation in Palestine is particularly frustrating to a generation that has grown up after the Oslo Peace Acco
Source: Intifada for Dummies: Why a popular uprising is yet to take off?
Take a little time and see why a people would feel the necessity to resort to this as a way to make a point…….