6th August 04:07
21st Anniversary of Massacre of Palestinians (history control area office women)
ADC Press Release:
21st Anniversary of Massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila
Washington, D.C., September 16 - Today, Sept. 16, marks the 21st anniversary
of one of the bloodiest and most brutal massacres in recent history, the
1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
On Sept.16, 1982, shortly after Israeli troops operating at the direction
of then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, seized control of west Beirut,
right-wing Lebanese militia forces operating under the direction of Israeli
forces massacred hundreds of defenseless men, women and children in the
Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps on the outskirts of the city.
Israeli troops were in full control of the area of Beirut in which the camps
are located during the massacres. They allowed the militias into the camps,
prevented refugees from fleeing for their lives, and lit the night sky with
a continuous series of flares as the killing raged.
Even the Israeli government's own commission of inquiry into the affair, the
Kahan Commission, found that Israel, and specifically Ariel Sharon, were
responsible for the massacre. Sharon was forced to resign as Defense
Minister and the Commission recommend that he never again hold senior office
in Israel. He is now Prime Minister of Israel.
Mary Rose Oakar, President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC), said "It is vital that we never forget the Sabra and
Shatila massacre, especially as the Palestinian people continue to struggle
for their freedom. The massacre represents the ongoing
suffering of the Palestinians and their vulnerability as a stateless people.
It reminds us of how far some people have been willing to go in the
brutality they have inflicted, and continue to inflict, on the
Former Congresswoman Oakar added, "The massacre also demonstrates the
tragedy of the exile of the Palestinian refugees, who have been excluded
from their homeland for over 52 years, and the dangers they face. It
underlines the need for a fair settlement of the refugee issue, as part of
the creation of a genuine, just and lasting peace."