Sabra and Shatila: What we know and (still) don’t know 40 years later
It was 40 years ago. A year of dust and blood for Lebanon, of rumors that became reality, hobos reappearing as spies and Israelis inviting themselves to Bikfaya for a funeral.
The situation was not unique to Lebanon. But it drew the international spotlight. It was the year 1982. The year of the amusingly named “Peace in Galilee” Israeli operation and the shortest presidency in the country’s history.
It was the year of Yasser Arafat’s short-lived farewell and of a massacre of civilians camouflaged under a garbage dump. A fiasco. A new “Stalingrad.” The year when everything changed, and the year when nothing changed.
This is the fifth and last article of our series dedicated to the summer when everything changed.