Rafeef is a Palestinian activist working with SUSTAIN–Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now.
On September 18, 1982, the Lebanese Christian militia forces allied to Israeli forces began slaughtering up to 2,000 unarmed Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps outside Beirut.
The massacre unfolded over three days when Israel allowed its Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia allies into the refugee camps. Many of the victims were stabbed and a large number of women were murdered after being gang-raped.
The man who is now the Prime Minister of Israel, General Ariel Sharon, was in overall command of the Israeli forces at the time. Then, he claimed there were 2,000 “terrorists” in the camps. But the subsequent Israeli Kahan commission reported that Israeli troops surrounding the camps knew what was happening. The Israeli inquiry also found Sharon “indirectly responsible,” and he was forced to resign.
- Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian living in the U.S., she works for SUSTAIN (Stop U.S. Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now).