Occupied Palestine (QNN)- On Wednesday, Palestinians around the world marked the 38th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre on September 16, 1982, in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon. Remembering the horrible genocide this year comes only one day after another act of betrayal by Arabs.
The massacre, committed against the camps’ residents, lasted for three days, 16-17-18 September, during which a large number of martyrs, including men, children, women and elderly unarmed civilians, mostly Palestinians, were savagely killed. Several Lebanese citizens also fell during the massacre, and the number of martyrs was estimated at between 3,500 and 5,000 of the 20,000 people who were living in Sabra and Shatila at the time of the massacre.
The massacre began after the Israeli army, led by the then Minister of War Ariel Sharon and Raphael Eitan, prevented media from reaching the area. The “Young Men”, a gang recruited by Elie Hobeika (a prominent figure in the Phalanges as well as the Lebanese Forces intelligence chief and liaison officer with Mossad), from men who had been expelled from the Lebanese Forces for insubordination or criminal activities, used bladed and automatic weapons to liquidate the camp’s residents. Meanwhile, the mission of the Israeli army was to surround the camp and illuminate it at night with flares.
The Israeli occupation army and its collaborators surrounded the Sabra and Shatila camps. Hundreds of gunmen were taken down under the pretext of searching for Palestinian fighters.
The massacre was part of the Israeli exploitation of Lebanon’s civil war, aiming at murdering as much native Palestinians as possible and driving the rest of them away.
On 16 December 1982, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the massacre and declared it to be an act of genocide. The independent commission headed by Seán MacBride concluded that the Israeli authorities or forces were responsible in the massacres. Meanwhile, Israel’s own Kahan commission found that only “indirect” responsibility befitted Israel’s involvement.