In September 1982, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Defence Minister Ariel Sharon, god fathers of Jewish terrorism in the Middle East, invaded Lebanon to drive out the Palestine Liberation Organisation-PLO
Prominent journalist and historian Peter Mansfield said” after massive air raids, Israel launched a full scale invasion of Lebanon, and slaughtered thousands of civilians and terrorized the population. Backed by United States and Europe, Israel contemptuously dismissed UN - super power tool to implement their evil designs.
Columnist Maureen Abdullah said ‘as Beirut was bombed by air, land and sea and the world watched the wanton destruction beneath the relentless gaze of television.
Veteran British journalist Robert Fisk who covered the war said in his book Pity the Nation, that most of the victims were Muslims. The Muslim cemetery was so crowded with dead from the Israeli raids that corpses were being buried thirty feet deep in mass graves, one on top of the other. Bodies in decay were disgusting. The smell of human remains in 100 degrees of heat nauseating and it contradicts our most deeply held values - love, beauty, gentleness, health, cleanliness, hygiene and life.
According to the Red Cross, by the end of second week, 14,000, mainly civilians, were killed and 20,000 wounded. But the most horrific toll of casualties was in the Muslim areas of West Beirut where 2,461 were killed by the Israeli raids which also killed hundreds of others in many villages along the Litany River.
The air raids and massacres continued as Israel demanded complete surrender of the PLO whose forces were trapped in Beirut. Israel also began using the US supplied destructive cluster bombs against West Beirut where the mournful exodus of citizens continued.
Finally PLO formally announced its decision to leave Beirut and the Zionist invaders cut off power and water supply to West Beirut. No food was allowed in and the Israeli troops even grabbed baskets of food from Muslim women and threw them into the ditch. Phalanges militiamen grabbed two bottles of water from a 65 or 70 year old woman, smashing them saying “F...k your sister” in front of four Israeli soldiers, who laughed
Journalist Jim Muir described the invasion as an Israeli American war crimes with the Americans trying to reap the fruits of the Israeli invasion.
In the midst the Israeli-backed Christian militiamen massacred the entire population of Sabra and Chatila Palestinian refugee camps despite written assurances of US envoy Philip Habib and European countries ensuring the protection of the Palestinian civilians.
Robert Fisk, accompanied by two more journalists Loren Jenkins, an American, and Tveit, a Norwegian, who visited the camp on 18 September 1982 morning had this to say about the massacre;
“All of us wanted to vomit. We were breathing death, inhaling the very putrescence of the bloated. There were women lying in houses with their skirts torn up to their waists and their legs wide apart. Children with their throats cut, rows of young men shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall. There were babies - blackened babies because they had been slaughtered more than 24 hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition - tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army medical equipment and empty bottles of whisky. Walking across the muddy entrance of Chatila we found that these buildings had all been dynamited to the ground.
Down the lane way there laid a pile of corpses: young men whose arms and legs had been wrapped around each other in the agony of death; all had been shot at point blank range through the cheek, the bullet tearing away a line of flesh up to the ear and entering the brain. Some had vivid crimson or black scars down the left side of their throats. One had been castrated, his trousers torn open and a settlement of flies throbbing over his torn intestines. The eyes of the young men were all open. The youngest was only twelve or thirteen years old and the bodies began to bloat in heat. On the other side of the main road we found the bodies of women and several children. The corpse of the middle aged women lay draped over a pile of rubble. One lay on her back, her dress torn open and the head of a little girl emerging from behind her. Another child lay on the roadway like a discarded doll, her white dress stained with mud and dust. She could not have been more than three years old and her head been blown away by a bullet fired into her brain. One of the women also had a tiny baby to her body and the bullet that had passed through her breast had killed the baby too. Someone had slit open the woman’s stomach, cutting sideways and then upwards, perhaps trying to kill her unborn child. Her eyes were wide open, her dark face frozen in horror.
They saw a young, pretty woman lying on her back as if she was sunbathing in the heat and the blood running from her back was still wet. The Israeli backed murderers who raped and knifed the woman have just left.
The real massacre began with mass killings on 17 September 1982 Friday afternoon watched from the nearby stadium by the Israelis and Ariel Sharon. Most of those murdered were secretly and hurriedly buried in mass graves beneath the golf course between Chatila and the airport with bulldozers brought well in time for the purpose to cover up the crime. The other bodies found in Chatila were buried near the entrance to the camp amidst great grief and nauseating stench.
Shocked by the crime many countries asked how the Jews who have suffered so terribly under Hitler could be so heartless to commit such atrocities.
Sick of Begin-Sharon crimes even the Israelis came out on demonstrations demanding their resignations .Professor Yeshayahu Leibotvitz of the Hebrew University, the Editor of Encyclopaedia Hebraica said “the massacre was done by us. The Phalangists are our mercenaries exactly as the Ukrainians and the Croatians and the Slovakians were the mercenaries of Hitler, who organised them as soldiers to do the work for him. Even so we have organised the assassins of Lebanon in order to murder the Palestinians”.
As a result of the Israeli invasion almost 17,825 were killed.
Despite all these crimes against humanity no action was taken against Israel by UN or anyone. Instead Jewish power and its iron grip on US, UK and Europe was such that this very same terrorist Menachem Begin, the architect of this massacre, was awarded Nobel Prize for peace. This is the shameful state of affairs in the current international scene.
In Israel, governments and prime ministers may change. But their policies towards Palestinians remain unchanged. To date they continue their oppressive policies against Palestinians, deprive them even the basic human rights to live in their own soil, continue to kill Palestinians on a daily basis, imprison and torture Palestinians, grab Palestinian lands for setting up Jewish settlements and demolish Palestinian homes to quote a few crimes.
Thirty five years later today Israel remains the very same evil and cruel entity protected and promoted by US-UK, France and Russia while equally cruel and evil Arab dictators, abandoned Palestinians, abandoned their dignity and self-respect, sold their people to US-UK European and Israeli war mongers, now shamelessly embrace Israel to ensure their political survival.
Here in Sri Lanka ruling elements who only want Muslim votes and not the Muslim community dismiss Muslim sentiments in hob knobbing with Israel. Late President J.R.Jayawardene brought Israelis to fight Tamil militancy .However demonstrating their inherent treachery Israelis trained both Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil militants in the same area and at the same time without letting government forces and Tamil militants know what was going on.
Once again the defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa, so called champion of Palestinian cause, brought in Israel to fight LTTE in its final war. This policy continued under Maithri-Ranil government which in fact has thrown the door wide open to Israel despite its crimes against humanity and known anti-Muslim agenda.
The government is so pro-Israel that President Maithripla Sirisena even visited Holocaust Museum in Germany, symbol of Zionist deception to win international sympathy’.
They are here with their own global agenda to demonise Islam and destroy the Muslim community.
Sinhala racists whose hatred towards the island’s Muslims is common knowledge cultivate relations with Israel .Perhaps Israel may be helping in their evil agenda against the island’s Muslims.
Mainstream Sri Lankan media doesn’t want to highlight true face of Israel and its crimes and the plight of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. In doing so they fail to provide the true picture on Middle East politics.
Corrupted Muslim politicians too remain indifferent as positions and perks are more important to them than the interest of the community or the country. There are plenty of signs of communal harmony coming under strain and it is matter of time the country pays its price for the folly of permitting Israel and giving a free hand to implement its agenda here. Ends