American Herald Tribune | Robert Inlakesh: As the anniversary of the massacre of Sabra and Shatila comes to an end, Palestinians prepare themselves for the next massacre as they live out their current nightmare.
As we mourn the dead and remember those who – 35 years ago – were brutally slaughtered, raped and tortured in the neighborhood of Sabra and at the Shatila refugee camp, the vicious nature of the Israeli state continues to mentally scar the Palestinian people to the point.
The infamous massacre of Sabra and Shatila which took place from the sixteenth to the eighteenth of September (1982), is certainly an event from the past, yet for most people familiar with Israeli state policy, it is but another reminder of what Israeli policy really is. Since the end of the massacre in 1982 many agreements have been brokered, many documents signed, thousands of meetings between political representatives have been arranged, yet there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that such measures have ever been taken.
The Gaza strip is currently in the worst state it has ever been (in terms of lifestyle limitations) and goes to show just how little the Israeli government seems to care about Palestinian living conditions, and as for the West Bank, the land grabbing, ethnic cleansing is rampant and evident.
The massacre of over 3,000 Palestinians and Lebanese Shia’s at Sabra and Shatila is now almost buried so deep within the rubble of new massacres, that mass killings of Palestinian civilians are completely expected by the people living under Israeli occupation and siege.
After the onslaughts upon Gaza in 2008-9, 2012 and 2014, the tears for those who have been killed have been all but shed, in Gaza the unbearable forced living conditions – due to the 11 year (ongoing) illegal siege – leave Gazan’s waiting for the next series of bombs and chemical munitions to rain down on the strip and have come to almost normalize the possibility of it happening.
Gaza’s electrical supply is currently down to 2 hours per day for most residents of the strip, with the ocean being so polluted that people are prevented from swimming to cool down in the intense heat. Half of the hospitals in Gaza are completely un-operational due to a lack of supplies coming through the border and a lack of electricity, 97% of the water is also undrinkable (with Israel denying Gaza the ability to purify it’s water) and these are but only a few of the endless problems faced by the residents of the most densely populated concentration of land on earth.
Israel have turned off the electricity supply to Gaza at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the PA have also stopped paying for Gaza’s diesel fuel, very few can leave the strip and virtually nothing can get in. Israel prove without a shred of a doubt that they can – just as they did with the Christian Lebanese Phalange forces in 1982 – use proxies to get their objectives achieved.
Israeli policy works at its best when they are not involved a straight up fight, wether be silently annexing land in the West Bank or wether it be slowly bleeding the population in Gaza. As the Israeli Mossad motto goes “through deception, thou shalt do war”, it seems that Israel sit by, waiting for the time to launch an attack upon Gaza.
In September of 1982 Israeli forces surrounded the sites of Sabra and Shatila, blocking the exit from those who attempted to flee the massacre, the Israeli’s tried to justify their actions and scape goat the Phalange forces that they ordered to commit the crimes and ignored the accusations of the crimes they committed, similarly they used various invalid excuses when entering the Gaza strip, after killing two thousand civilians in the most recent bombardment, the United States vetoed a UN resolution against the attacks and Israel were covered for on western mainstream .
Similarly today – as with back in 1982 – Israel always presents an excuse as to why it was right in violating international law. Israel have violated more United Nations (UN) resolutions than any other nation/state on earth yet are never punished and the Palestinians know that when the Israeli forces come for them, the same story will always be repeated.
Sabra and Shatila is a shining example of why international law seems not to exist for Israel and that Israeli lives are seemingly worth significantly more to the international community that Lebanese lives or Palestinian lives. Sabra and Shatila unlike many other infamous massacres is no thing of the past, it is but only a part of a legacy of blood on the hands of the Israeli government, the question now is not wether Israel will commit another Sabra and Shatila, but when.