The Israeli Army surrounded Sabra and Shatila and stationed troops at the exits of the area to prevent camp residents from leaving and, at the Phalangists
' request, fired illuminating flares at night.
Over three days and nights, the Phalangist
forces were allowed free hand in the camps as the Israeli army closed its eyes to the massacre and even lit the skies for the militias who went on a killing rampage in the two Palestinian camps.
Although fictionalized in Hage's novel, the description George provides of his Phalangist
militia's murderous rampage through a refugee camp in retribution for the assassination of their leader parallels unmistakably the actual historical events of the brutal massacre, in 1982, of Palestinian civilians living in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Beirut.
"Eisenhower officials knew what they were doing," he writes, Central Intelligence Agency analyses of Said Ramadan were quite blunt, calling him a "Phalangist
" and a "fascist" ...
A conference for Phalangist
emigrants has called on Phalange Party supporters living overseas to apply for Lebanese nationality for their children, and to exercise their right to participate in Lebanese elections, the Beirut daily AN NAHAR reported on Wednesday.
As for the individuals who were in the vicinity of the camps on that fateful night, the UN observers noted the presence of Phalangist
forces in the area on the day of the 17th as well as the morning of the 18th (UN docs.
10 Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman) An animated documentary about Israel's invasion of Lebanon in the mid-1980s and the Christian Phalangist
massacre that followed.
Nasrallah said, the issue of the missing Iranians is "on the agenda of negotiations because we believe they were kidnapped by the Lebanese Forces [the Phalangist
Party Christian militia] and were handed over to Israel in 1982."
The center of Pity the Nation is the story of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in refugee camps by Phalangist
militias, Israeli surrogates, over three days.
Yet Fletcher identifies another mitigating factor in Sharon's case: the intervening agency of the Lebanese Phalangist
militias that were the immediate perpetrators of the massacres.
As originally planned, the volume includes the political lectures delivered in Lebanon by the noted critic of US foreign policy (he also delivered a lecture on linguistics, his original field of expertise, which is not included); an interview granted to the popular Kalam al-Nass ("Talk of the People") political talk show on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation; a third-party account of the trip in general; and more detailed accounts of the party's meeting with the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and visits to Palestinian refugee camps in southern Lebanon that were the site of massacres carried out by the Israeli-backed Phalangist
militias in the late 1970s.
I did not give 50 per cent to the Lebanese Christian Phalangist
militia who massacred them, nor to the Israeli army who watched the murders and did nothing.