Remembering the Sabra & Shatila massacre – 16-18
September 1982

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of
the Sabra & Shatila massacre, when hundreds of members of the Phalange
party (a Lebanese Christian militia), under the approving eye of Israeli
Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, entered Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in
Beirut and murdered over 3,000 Palestinian refugees
in two days. Among the victims were infants, children, pregnant women and the
elderly.

The Israeli forces facilitated the massacre by
blocking the camps’ exits and firing illuminating flares over the camps so that
the killers could see what they were doing.

In December 1982, the UN General Assembly
declared the massacre to be an act of genocide. Minister Ariel Sharon
was forced to resign after a special Israeli investigative panel determined
that he bore personal responsibility for the massacre. Despite this, Ariel
Sharon survived politically and became Prime Minister of Israel from 2001
to 2006. Not a single responsible party for the massacre has ever been
successfully convicted under the law.