“My friends and I like Iran. Maybe they will ask their friends in Lebanon to help baba (daddy) to be allowed to work and our family allowed owning a home outside the camps.”
See: THE CHILDREN OF SHATILA
Around noon on Tuesday September 14, 1982, the day before Israel gave the green light for the launch of the three day Sabra-Shatila Massacre, two white vans pulled into Rue Sabra, diagonal from Akka Palestinian Hospital (PCRS), the main Shatila camp road.
ED: Can you possibly IMAGINE the filth of the mindset of men who could conduct such a survey? Certainly in comparison the broken sewers of Shatila would be like the flowers of spring!
Mrs. Halabi, a Palestinian teacher thought the four foreigners who exited the vehicles near the current Martyrs cemetery, were from a European NGO because they carried detailed maps of Shatila camp and she guessed that they might be assessing camp needs for an infrastructure project.
It was to the 11 shelters inside and on the edge of Shatila camp that the first arriving Kataeb (Phalanges) militiamen found their way through unfamiliar alleys and began their 46 hours of non-stop slaughter. With very few exceptions all of the hundreds of refugees who huddled into the identified shelters were among the first to be massacred.
“If we are allowed to work and own a home our capacity to engage in the liberation of Palestine will grow. As part of an economic middle class we could do more than struggling to put bread on our table for our children. We will have the energy and more time to resist the Zionist occupation of our country. Currently we are so forlorn ~ who among us has the energy to do more than just try to survive, not really live mind you, but try to survive and barely keep our families together.”
During this 33rd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Massacre at Sabra-Shatila, for the Iranian government to give solid achievement to its words and to facilitate the right to work and to own a home for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon would require Tehran, Beirut, and political forces in Lebanon, close ranks and push for a once-and-for-all solution to the refugees in Lebanon.
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