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    • Rick
    • 26.04.05 | 04:17 (IDT)

    Hello Ash- I do not believe that your statements about Sabra and Shatila are entirely accurate. May I ask where your information came from? I ask you to consider the following quotes from the book "From Beirut to Jerusalem," a book written by the Jewish New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. I have not heard either side impugn Friedman's knowledge or fairness. It turns out that he was not far from the camps that night and arrived there shortly thereafter. He had these comments: "[S]mall units of Phalangists, roughly 150 men each, were sent into Sabra and Shatila, which the Israeli army kept illuminated through the night with flares...From Thursday, September 16, until Saturday morning, September 18, Phalangist squads combed through the Sabra and Sharila neighborhoods, liquidating whatever humanity came in their path." (1995 ed., p. 161). "No one knows exactly how many people were killed...The only independent death official death toll was the one assembled by the International Committee of the red Crosss, whose staff buried 210 bodies, 140 men, 38 women and 32 children ... Since most victims were buried by their relatives much earlier, Red Cross officials told me that they estimated that the total death toll was between 800 and 1,000." (pp. 162). Thus, unless you can cite a more authoritative source, it appears that the death toll approached 1,000 and roughly 1/3 of the victims were women and children. There is also a credible factual basis for the assertion that the Israelis lit the area for the Phalanagists. Can you cite credible evidence to the contrary? I suspect those there know more than journalists, but at least Friedman was there shortly thereafter.

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    First published 00:00 25.04.05 | Last updated 00:00 25.04.05
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