Days of Palestine

Tuesday, March 21

4 Decades Since Sabra and Shatila Massacre

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40 years have passed since Lebanese Phalange, aided and supported by Israeli forces, committed a bloody massacre in Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps.

September 16, 1982, witnessed a horrific massacre after Israeli forces surrounded the Sabra and Shatila. Israeli forces blocked the movement of Palestinian refugees, only allowing Phalange to enter the area.

The right-wing Christian militia killed about 3500 Palestinians and Lebanese in the streets and alleys, and homes, most of them children and elderly.

The massacre lasted for 48 hours, and it was part of the 1982- Israeli invasion of Lebanon, aiming to destroy the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO.

In 1983, The United Nations General Assembly held Israel responsible for the massacre and declared it an act of genocide.

40 years have passed, yet Israel was not held accountable. Sabra and Shatila massacre was one out of hundreds of massacres that Israel committed with impunity.

Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps located southwest of Lebanon’s capital city Beirut. They housed the Palestinians who fled their homeland after the 1948 Nakba.

Following the Israeli ethnic cleansing in 1948, about 100,000 Palestinians, mostly from the northern areas of historic Palestine, were expelled and fled to Lebanon.