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PA libel: Israel committed Sabra and Shatila massacre

Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.

“Tomorrow is the 34th memorial day of the Sabra and Shatila massacre”
     “Tomorrow, Friday [Sept. 16, 2016], will be the 34th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place on Sept. 16, 1982, in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon.

The massacre that was carried out against the people of the camp continued for three days, between the 16th and 18th of September, during which many unarmed civilians, men, children, women, and elderly, fell as Martyrs (Shahids), most of them Palestinians. During the massacre, Lebanese also died, and the number of Martyrs was estimated at the time to be 3,500 – 5,000 Martyrs from among the 20,000 people who lived in Sabra and Shatila at the time that the massacre took place.

The massacre began after the Israeli army, led by then Minister of War (sic., Minister of Defense) Ariel Sharon and Rafael Eitan (i.e., then Chief of Staff of the Israeli army), encircled [the camp]. The massacre was carried out far from the media, and melee weapons and other weapons were used in order to wipe out the residents of the camp, while the mission of the Israeli army was to encircle the camp and light it at night with flares. The Israeli army and the Southern Lebanese army encircled the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, and hundreds of armed people were brought in under the pretext of searching for 1,500 Palestinian fighters, while the Palestinian fighters were outside the camp, at the battlefronts. There were only children, elderly, and women in the camp and the armed people killed the women and children, and most of the bodies were [scattered] in the streets of the camp. Afterwards, Israeli bulldozers entered to sweep the camp clean and destroy the houses in order to hide the crime.

The massacre was carried out as revenge against the Palestinians who stood firm against the Israeli war machine during the three months of siege, which ended with international guarantees to protect the unarmed residents of the camps after the exit of the Palestinian resistance from Beirut…

The goal of the massacre was to sow fear in the hearts of the Palestinians in order to cause them to emigrate from Lebanon, to inflame the internal conflicts within it [Lebanon], to complete the blow struck by the Israeli invasion in 1982 against the Palestinian presence in Lebanon, and to incite the Palestinians against their leadership with the claim that it left Lebanon and left them without protection…

The Sabra and Shatila massacre was not the first Zionist massacre that was carried out against our people, and it certainly will not be the last.”