9/16 – The Day of 1982, Israeli militia killed 3500 muslims within 36 hours.
A TRUTH THAT IS NEVER REMEMBERED IN THE SEPTEMBERS OF OUR LIVES.
Sabra was the name of a poor neighbourhood in the southern outskirts of west Beirut & Shatila a refuge camp set up for the palestinians in 1949. Over the year the 2 areas became ever more mingled and by the autumn of 1982 their population had been swelled by muslims fleeing the illegal occupation of south lebanon by the israeli army.
On september the 15th of 1982 the israeli militia completely surrounded and sealed off the camps from the outside world they set up observation posts on the roofs of nearby tall building to watch the events of the 16th, 17th and the 18th. In the evening of september 16th, 1982 with permission enguided by israeli flares group of large militia armed with guns, knives and hatchets entered Sabra and Shatila.
DURING THE FOLLOWING 36 HOURS THEY MURDERED 3500 MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THE FIGURES ARE DISPUTED. IT’S DIFFICULT TO COUNT. THE SOULS OF THOSE BURIED TANGLED IN MASS GRAVES OR CRUSHED UNDER THOSE VERY HOUSES THEY SOUGHT REFUGE FROM WITHIN OR SCATTERED FACE DOWN ON ROADSIDES. FLEFING ON WITNESSING THE MASSACRE WE ARE TOLD BY JOURNALISTS THAT THEIR STORIES WERE WRITTEN BY THE FLIES THAT WOULD LAND ON THEIR NOTEPADS WEARING boots of blood AND WARLORD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ULTRA-VIOLANCE WAS LATER REWARDED WITH THE PROUD PRIME MINISTRIAL COLOURS OF HIS NATION. TO THIS DAY NO ONE HAS BEEN PROSECUTED FOR THIS MASS MURDER.
Those screams of the mate licked anguish and those dark colonial knights on the beirut suburb have only amplified of every passing year. There martyres will continue to haunt us to learn what is it that they will teach me. Never to trust which is precious to those who cannot and will not value it.
LEARN, LEARN TO VALUE THE BLOOD ON THOSE BOOTS. LET ME CATCH IT AND DROP A PROMISE. PROMISE TO MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. AFTER THEM WILL LEARN THE TRUTH. THAT OUR ARMS MUST THICKEN AND OUR SHOULDERS MUST BROADEN SO THAT WE CAN BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF PROTECTING WHAT IS OURS TO SURVIVE THOSE BLOODY CORRIDORS OF SABRA AND SHATILA. A CHILDS HEAD MUST ONLY MEET WITH THE LIPS OF ITS MOTHER NOT THE EDGE OF AN AXE. THE ONE WE LOVE MUST BE BURIED IN WHITE CLOTHS NOT UNDER DIESEL CATERPILLAR TRUCKS OF HATE. THE SHELTERS WE BUILD SHOULD NOT BE USED TO CRUSH. THE LIFE THEY GIVE SANCTION TO BENEATH THEM AND THE THICKEST ARMS AND BROADEST SHOULDERS ARE THOSE OF THE CALIPHS.
‘Indeed the Imam (Khalifah) is a shield, from behind whom one would fight, and by whom one would protect oneself.’ (Muslim narrated from Al-Araj on the authority of Abu Hurairah).”