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PA daily perpetuates libel that Israel carried out Sabra and Shatila massacre

     “Today, Monday [Sept. 16, 2013], is the thirty-first anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that occurred on September 16, 1982…
The massacre began after the refugee camp was surrounded by the Israeli army under the command of then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and Raphael Eitan, and was carried out far from the media through the use of cold weapons and the like, in the operation [aimed at] wiping out the camp’s residents. The Israeli army’s job was to besiege the refugee camp and illuminate it at night with flares. The Israeli army surrounded the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps and hundreds of armed men were brought in under the pretext of searching for 1,500 Palestinian fighters, while these fighters were [actually] at the scenes of battle, outside the camps, and only children, old men, and women remained in the camps. The armed men murdered the women and children, and most of the bodies were [strewn] in the camp’s streets. Afterwards Israeli bulldozers entered in order to level the camp and destroy the houses. The massacre was carried out as revenge against the Palestinians who had been standing firm in the face of the Israeli war machine during three months of a siege which ended when international guarantees were given to protect the unarmed camp residents after the Palestinian resistance [forces] left Beirut. The states that issued the guarantee, however, did not fulfill their obligations and abandoned the innocents, who were murdered and massacred and whose stomachs were ripped open, to their fates. The main aim of the massacre was to plant fear in the hearts of the Palestinians so as to cause them to emigrate away from Lebanon, and to ignite internal civil wars there to complete the blow that had been struck by the 1982 Israeli invasion of the Palestinian presence in Lebanon, and to incite the Palestinians against their leadership through the pretext that the leadership had left Lebanon, leaving them defenseless.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. During the first Lebanon War in 1982, a massacre at Sabra and Shatila was committed against Muslims by Christian Phalangists in Lebanon. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.