sabra_and_shatilaOn 6 June 1982, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon in what it described as ‘retaliation’ for the attempted assassination of Israeli Ambassador Argov in London on 4 June. The invasion, soon dubbed “Operation Peace for Galilee,” progressed rapidly. By 18 June 1982, Israel had surrounded the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) armed forces in the western part of the Lebanese capital. A cease-fire, mediated by United States Envoy Philip Habib, resulted in the PLO evacuation of Beirut on 1 September 1982.

On 11 September 1982, Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, the architect of the invasion, announced that “2,000 terrorists” had remained inside the Palestinian refugee camps around Beirut. On Wednesday 15 September, the day after the assassination of Israeli-allied Phalangist militia leader and Lebanese President-elect Bashir Gemayel, the Israeli army occupied West Beirut, “encircling and sealing” the camps of Sabra and Shatila, which were inhabited by Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. By mid-day on 15 September 1982, the refugee camps were entirely surrounded by Israeli tanks and soldiers, who installed checkpoints at strategic locations and crossroads around the camps in order to monitor the entry or exit of any person. During the late afternoon and evening of that day, the camps were shelled.

Around mid-day on Thursday 16 September 1982, a unit of approximately 150 Israeli-allied Phalangists entered the first camp. For the next 40 hours members of the Phalangist militia raped, killed, and injured a large number of unarmed civilians, mostly children, women and elderly people inside the encircled and sealed camps. The estimate of victims varies between 700 (the official Israeli figure) to 3,500. The victims and survivors of the massacres have never been deemed entitled to a formal investigation of the tragedy, since Israel’s Kahan Commission did not have a judicial mandate and was not backed up by legal force.

*A more in-depth account, see Circumstances of the Massacres

Plaintiff Testimonies

* Samiha Abbas Hijazi
* Abdel Nasser Alameh
* Wadha Hassan Al Sabeq
* Mahmoud Younis
* Fadia Ali Al Douki
* Amina Hasan Mohsen
* Sana Mahmoud Sersawi
* Nadima Yousef Said Nasser
* Mouna Ali Hussein
* Shaker Abdel Ghani Natat
* Bahija Zrein
* Mohammed Ibrahim Faqih
* Mohammed Shawqat Abu Roudeina
* Fadi Abdel Qader Al Sakka
* Adnan Ali Al Mekdad
* Amal Hussein
* Noufa Ahmad Al Khatib
* Ali Salim Fayad
* Ahmad Ali Al Kahtib
* Nazek Abdel Rahman Al Jamal

During the massacre at the Lebanon Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in 1982, Rihab Kanaan lost 54 of her family members and relatives. It happened that Rihab’s baby daughter, Maimanah, escaped the massacre, and was raised up by her neighbors who thought that her mother had died during the massacre. The following video is of the mother being reunited with her daughter after all those years,thinking she had died:



3 Responses to “Sabra & Shatila Massacre:27 Years Later”  

  1. 1 Holocaust Gaza

    We will not forget the second Holocaust.

  2. This needs to be brought to more people’s attention in this world, too many people (myself included until a while ago) know nothing about this massacre. The crimes & atrocities committed by Israel are so unknown by people in the US as they blindly support the state of Israel through tax donations. Yet, we will call Hamas a terrorist organization for crimes not nearly as disastrous as these.


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