Shabra and Shatilla: a Preventable Massacre

[Editor’s Note: See below an article in the New York Times about the US and Israeli roles in the massacres. Below I include film of a demonstration organised in King George Sq on hearing the news of the massacre. The leader of the Christian Phalange, Gemayel, went to Germany in the 1930s to learn the methods of the Nazis. US diplomats knew this but still allowed the Phalange into the two camps. As always the US were looking after their strategic interests in the region and cared not for the suffering of the people. The US is now back in Lebanon playing their strategic games as they did in 1982 .. provoking violence and arming militia in Syria in the same way they armed both the Israelis and the Christian Phalange in Lebanon in 1982.]

ON the night of Sept. 16, 1982, the Israeli military allowed a right-wing Lebanese militia to enter two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. In the ensuing three-day rampage, the militia, linked to the Maronite Christian Phalange Party, raped, killed and dismembered at least 800 civilians, while Israeli flares illuminated the camps’ narrow and darkened alleyways. Nearly all of the dead were women, children and elderly men

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