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Remember Sabra and Shatila: 35th Anniversary of the Massacre

 

Remember Sabra and Shatila: 35th Anniversary of the Massacre.

THE MASSACRE
In the summer of 1982, “PLO fighters” (ie Palestinian men of fighting age) were evacuated from Beirut, and the women, children and elderly people left behind began to rebuild their lives during the respite from Israeli shelling and air raids. On 15 September 1982, Israeli Defence Force (IDF) besieged the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, using tanks and setting up checkpoints.
They also set up panoramic observation posts.
Starting on 16 September 1982, the Israelis allowed what were alleged to have been Lebanese Christian militias (collectively referred to as “phalangists”), but likely to have included foreign mercenaries, to enter the besieged camps and massacre at least 3000 now defenceless people, continuing through the nights assisted by the light of flares provided by the Israeli army.
Pregnant women, babies and toddlers were ripped apart and thrown in rubbish piles. Women were raped, boys were castrated and many were mutilated before being killed. Others were lined up against walls with their hands and feet tied and machine-gunned.
The area was under the control of and in the full view of the Israelis.

 
 
 

From Beirut to Jerusalem by Dr. Ang Swee Chai


“WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF SABRA AND SHATILA AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID”
On 22 September, Dr Ang found herself surrounded by, orphaned children, who wanted her to take their picture, making victory signs in front of their destroyed homes.
It is not possible to know what subsequently happened to those children, but Dr Ang went on to be one of the founders of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) which continues to work for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. The Palestinian people will not give up their struggle.

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Medical Aid for Palestinians works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.
Medical Aid for Palestinians

The Book written by Dr. Ang Swee Chai
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Ang Swee Chai.

 

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