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PA TV libel: Israel was “the main cause” of the Sabra and Shatila massacre and wanted “to kill, cut up organs, and rape”

Official PA TV program Eyewitness


Author Rihab Kan’an: “At the beginning of the [Sabra and Shatila] massacre (see note below -Ed.) it was the case that Israel – of course it was the main cause (sic., Israel was uninvolved in the massacre, which was committed by Christian Phalangists) – would tell them: ‘Do to them what we did in the Deir Yassin massacre and Kafr Qassem massacre (see notes below -Ed.). Slaughter them, they will flee.’ Okay, where will we flee to? We are refugees on behalf of Lebanon, our identity is Lebanon…

Israel and the Phalangists wanted to kill the largest number, to cut up organs, to rape.”


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.


Deir Yassin - On April 9, 1948, Jewish fighters from the Irgun and Lehi military groups, part of the forces opening the blockaded road to Jerusalem, attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin. When the battle was over, the village had fallen and in addition to the Arab fighters killed, 107 civilians were also killed. Narratives differ as to whether the civilians were killed in the crossfires or were intentionally murdered by the Irgun and Lehi fighters.


Kafr Qassem Massacre – With the outbreak of the Israel–Egypt war in Sinai Israel on Oct. 29, 1956, Israel imposed a curfew on Arab villages for security reasons. Israeli border police were given orders to shoot anyone who broke the curfew, and 43 Israeli Arabs of the village of Kfar Qassem, including women and children, who were outside the village and unaware of the curfew were shot and killed. An Israeli military court determined that the soldiers had a duty to disobey the order as it was manifestly illegal. The families of those killed were compensated financially, the border policemen were prosecuted and sentenced to prison - but pardoned after one year, and the brigadier commander was given a symbolic fine. This massacre is condemned in Israel and is considered a seminal event in its history that is studied in the Israeli army at all levels. In addition it is taught in Israeli schools and efforts are being made to increase its study. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres formally apologized for the massacre in December 2007, and President Reuven Rivlin has condemned it, calling it a “terrible crime” that weighs heavily on Israel’s collective conscience.