40 Years Ago: When Psychotic Barbarians Massacred over 3000 Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila

By Stuart Littlewood,

Remembering one of the vilest massacres in recent history. This will sicken you

Last week was the 40th anniversary of the appalling massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. Dr. Swee Ang was there, in the thick of it, doing what she could for the victims.

Malaysian-born Swee is the first female Orthopaedic Consultant appointed to St Bartholomew (‘Barts’) and the Royal London Hospitals.

I wrote about this remarkable lady 4 years ago when she reported on apartheid Israel’s violent hijacking in international waters of the Norwegian mercy boat Al-Awda sailing to Gaza with urgent medical supplies. She was onboard. Passengers and crew were roughed up (some seriously injured) and abused, thrown in an Israeli jail, and had their possessions and money stolen.

In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as a trauma and orthopedics consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza, and the World Health Organisation in the West Bank and Gaza. She is the Founder and Patron of the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

She also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombing.

Dr. Swee is the co-author of War Surgery and Acute Care of the War Wounded and also wrote From Beirut to Jerusalem documenting her experience in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Gaza.

This is her account of the terrible 3-day slaughter of Palestinian refugees in 1982.


As a medic during the Sabra and Shatila massacre, I saw horror and defiance

by Swee Chai Ang

Horrific Lebanese militia attacks enabled by Israel in 1982 left a legacy of trauma. But there is also a reason for hope.

Forty years ago, angered by television footage of the devastation of Lebanon by Israel’s 1982 invasion, I left my London home to volunteer my surgical skills to the wounded. The invasion killed thousands of civilians and destroyed homes, livelihoods, hospitals, libraries, factories, schools, and offices.

I arrived that summer in Beirut, a Christian surgeon who supported Israel and believed the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) were terrorists. My views were about to change.

With many hospitals destroyed, I worked as a volunteer medic in a field hospital in an underground car park. We dealt with devastating war wounds, many inflicted on children. Beirut was bombed and blockaded. Water, electricity, food, and medicine were denied.

Thousands of families whose homes were demolished were forced to live on the streets of the city center – thirsty, hungry, destitute, and traumatized.

With hopes again dashed, homes shelled and bulldozed, and loved ones deported and massacred, survivors once more tried to rebuild their shattered lives.

Massacre Mastermind, the late former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon, was never charged with the genocide. In fact, no one was! 3000 dead and NO JUSTICE! WTF?

The aggressive and relentless bombing stopped when the PLO agreed to evacuate in exchange for peace. Thousands of PLO members were ordered to leave Lebanon, undertaking never to return, while their families left behind were promised protection under a US-brokered plan.

Following the ceasefire, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) needed a six-member surgical team to support the reopening of the 11-floor Gaza hospital on Sabra Street – the only PRCS hospital still standing at the time, after the rest had been flattened by bombs. A group of us packed into a PRCS car, and with sirens blaring, we sped along roads empty of vehicles.

Upon arrival, we saw that the top two floors of the hospital were heavily bombed, but the ninth was largely intact, despite the window glass having been blown out. This became our living quarters. There was still no electricity or running water, but at least the bombs had stopped falling.

The hospital was extremely busy. PRCS staff cleared rubble, and repaired and cleaned hospital wards, operating theatres, the pharmacy, the canteen, and the mortuary. Wounded patients were transferred from various field hospitals to us for further care.

From the top floors of Gaza Hospital, the entire length of Sabra Street was visible, I watched displaced families of women, old men, and children – since the able-bodied men had been evacuated – returning to their homes walking the entire length of that street with their scant belongings on their backs, carts, and donkeys. They were determined to pick up their shattered lives, clear out the rubble, and rebuild their homes. The US-sponsored peace gave them hope. Their courage and will to survive won me over.

What is the Sabra and Shatila massacre?

I made friends with many residents of this area and was outraged to learn the history of Palestine from them. Their families were forced out of Palestine at gunpoint in 1948 to facilitate the creation of the state of Israel.

Around half of the country’s indigenous population or 750,000 people, were driven out to become refugees in neighboring Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Around 13,000 Palestinians were massacred and 530 villages destroyed in this massive ethnic cleansing known as the Nakba.

In short, Palestine was wiped off the world map. In 1948, Lebanon received about 110,000 fleeing refugees who were settled in refugee camps. By 1982, the refugee population had grown to nearly 400,000.

Despite the injustices committed against them, the Palestinians I met were kind and generous. They had suffered so much and yet retained such humanity. I was overwhelmed by their hospitality in the midst of their poverty. Their story was not in any history textbook, but every Palestinian child knew the name of their ancestral village, many of which had already been demolished.

The women introduced me to their stunningly beautiful Palestinian embroidery, with motifs representing their destroyed villages sewn onto black cloth with brilliantly colored silk threads. Each stitch was a testimony to their history, culture, and resilience.

Raped and tortured

Three weeks after the evacuation, on 15 September 1982, the ceasefire was suddenly broken when hundreds of Israeli tanks invaded Beirut. Some of these tanks sealed all the escape routes of Sabra Shatila, and Lebanese Phalangist militia members were sent into Sabra and Shatila camps and massacred up to 3,500 Palestinians and Lebanese civilians, as the Israeli army stood by. Multinational peacekeepers were nowhere to be found.

Residents of the camp were betrayed, left with no one to defend them. Many were raped and tortured before being killed during the three-day massacre.

At the hospital, we operated non-stop, struggling to save hundreds of people shot at close range. Some died upon reaching us and were taken directly to the mortuary. The hospital ran out of blood, medicine, and food. Thousands of frightened people fled into our hospital seeking protection from gunmen who had broken into their homes.

In the midst of the massacre, on the evening of 17 September, our hospital director sent PRCS staff away when it became clear that the gunmen would target them. But our 22-member team of international medical volunteers opted to stay. Anyone hiding in our hospital was asked to leave, as they were also likely to be gunned down. But the critically wounded on life-support could not leave.

Early at dawn the next day, we were forced out of the hospital at gunpoint, leaving behind 30 critically wounded patients, many of them children. A Swedish nurse and a German medical student insisted on staying behind to look after them, and I believe their selfless act of courage saved those patients’ lives.

We were marched along Sabra Street. Hundreds of unarmed camp residents – women, old men, and children – were rounded up by the militia. I saw the terror in their eyes. A desperate young mother passed me her baby, but at gunpoint, she was forced to take him back. Both were killed, together with the others rounded up, after we were taken away.

Short-lived outrage

When photographs of heaps of dead bodies in the camp alleys were published after the massacre, there was worldwide outrage and condemnation. But international attention was short-lived. The victims’ families and survivors were soon left alone to plod on with their lives and relive memories of the massacre, the horrors of the invasion, and of the painful dismantling of their families through the forced PLO deportations.

With hopes again dashed, homes shelled and bulldozed, and loved ones deported and massacred, survivors once more tried to rebuild their shattered lives, raising their children while burying the dead in mass graves. The world moved on, and they were forgotten – dead to the consciousness of the international community.

Among the children who made it, many homeless and orphaned, the spirit of defiance was very much alive.

Since then, the downward spiral of hopelessness and despair for Palestinians, made worse by poverty and the sense of being abandoned, has only worsened. Their plight cannot seem to excite the headlines of mainstream media anymore.

Generations have lived and died in the refugee camps scattered across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and further afield. Children have been born refugees, grown-up refugees, and died refugees.

But my hope for the Palestinian people was planted in the immediate aftermath of the massacre 40 years ago. I returned to Sabra-Shatila immediately after the area reopened. There were mass graves, decaying bodies, broken homes, and grieving relatives. There were despair, desolation, piercing screams, and a vale of tears. I was heartbroken.

Yet, it was not over. Among the children who made it, many homeless and orphaned, the spirit of defiance was very much alive. As they lined up for me to take their photographs, they raised their hands in the victory sign, saying: “We are not afraid. Let the Israelis come.”

The air was thick with the stench of decaying human flesh. In the foreground were bodies waiting to be identified; behind them were their destroyed homes. But between death and destruction were the destitute Palestinian children defiantly staking their right to be part of humanity.


Dr. Swee’s book From Beirut to Jerusalem gives more details of this horrendous crime against humanity. Somebody ought to make a film about her amazing life and dedication.

©Stuart Littlewood, 20 September 2022

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Sanctions On Russia Lead To More Ship Co2 Emissions, Says Cargill

Zero Hedge | Sept. 22, 2022

The unilateral sanctions that Western countries slapped Moscow with are igniting even more man-made carbon-dioxide emissions from the shipping industry as Europe rejiggers energy supply chains away from Russia by sourcing energy products from far away.

Jan Dieleman, Cargill Inc.’s head of ocean transportation business, told Bloomberg that European importers are hiring tankers for long-distance hauls of energy products from countries halfway around the world. If it weren’t for the sanctions, natural gas and other refined energy products would flow via pipelines from Russia to Europe.

But since Europe is hellbent on rapidly shifting its entire energy supply chain away from Russia. EU importers are hiring tankers to source liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Asia.

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Meditation for Peace Between Russia and NATO

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Situation between Russia and NATO is escalating. 

Russia has declared partial mobilization:

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/mobilization-begins-scenes-around-russia-what-are-we-going

Referendum in eastern parts of Ukraine for those regions to join Russia will be held between September 23rd to 27th:

https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/09/20/luhansk-peoples-republic-immediate-referendum-russian-federation/

https://tass.com/politics/1511039 

This sets a stage for a possibility for military escalation in Ukraine and also in regions around that country.

 

To help dissolving the tension, the Light Forces are asking as many people as possible to join our meditation for peace between Russia and NATO, which will be taking place on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:17 pm UTC.

Timetable for all main time zones on the planet is here:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Meditation+for+Peace&iso=20220928T1917&p1=195

Instructions:

1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness

2. State your intent to bring peace and healing to the situation between Russia and NATO.

3. Invoke the Violet Flame from its primary source to place a circle of protection around you during and after the meditation. Ask it to transmute anything that does not serve the Light.

4. Visualize a pillar of pink Light, emanating from the Galactic Central Sun and then descending down through your body and deep into the center of the Earth.

5. Visualize this Light flowing through your heart and then through your hands directly to everybody involved in the situations between Russia and NATO, harmonizing everyone and bringing peace. Let the pink Light then flow onwards, healing all other conflicts worldwide.

6. Ask the Goddess presence (the Divine Feminine) to protect Zaporozhie Nuclear Power Plant from any damage to prevent any fallout. Visualize this nuclear facility safe and protected.

7. Ask the Goddess presence (the Divine Feminine) to direct energies of peace and harmony to all unresolved situations between Russia and NATO, and everyone involved in these situations. Let these energies then flow onwards and heal all other conflicts worldwide. Allow these energies to continue to flow through your heart and then through your hands into these situations for a few minutes.

 

Instructions are also posted here:

https://www.welovemassmeditation.com/2022/06/urgent-meditation-for-peace-between-russia-and-nato-every-4-hours.html 

Guided audio meditations in many languages are here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSHEEds9CJE&list=PL-ujIE4tLGbEj1g1BE1J1zTqEfdl5gvJ0

Goddess wants peace and peace it will be!

Stacey Abrams Claims Unborn Babies Don’t Have Beating Hearts at 6 Weeks

By Micaiah Bilger,

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams denied science recently when she claimed an unborn baby’s heartbeat is a “manufactured sound” created to control women.

The Post Millennial reports Abrams made the bizarre and factually incorrect claim in a video exposed Wednesday by the Republican National Committee. The video shows Abrams, a pro-abortion Democrat, on stage at a public event with other speakers.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said in the video. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

A favorite of the left, Abrams is running against pro-life Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this fall. If elected, the Democrat candidate said one of her top priorities will be to repeal the state heartbeat law, which bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

Responding to the video Wednesday, Stephen Miller, a contributing editor at The Spectator, criticized Abrams for pushing such a ridiculous conspiracy theory. He said the notion that a “cabal of men” designed ultrasound machines on purpose to trick women into keeping their unwanted babies is “beyond QAnon s—.”

The science is well established that the heart is the first organ to develop in a human being, and an unborn baby’s heart begins to beat within the first few weeks after conception.

Secular Pro-Life recently compiled a list of quotes from textbooks, scientific journals and other expert sources that confirm an unborn baby’s heart begins to beat as early as 22 days gestation.

For example, a pregnancy outline on the Mayo Clinic website states “the heart and other organs also are starting to form and the heart begins to beat” at about four weeks after conception.

And a study several years ago by the University of Oxford and the British Heart Foundation suggests that the human heart may begin beating as early as 16 days after conception.

“The heart is the first organ to form during pregnancy and is critical in providing oxygen and nutrients to the developing embryo,” the university researchers wrote.

Pro-life heartbeat laws that ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable save thousands of babies’ lives.

In 2020, 31,248 unborn babies were aborted in Georgia, according to state health department data. More than 60 percent were aborted after six weeks of pregnancy, meaning its new heartbeat law is saving tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year.

Abrams’ position on abortion is extreme and repugnant to most Americans. She believes it should be legal to kill a viable, late-term unborn baby in an abortion up to birth.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion, and a recent national poll found 75 percent of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

 

Source: https://www.lifenews.com

Harvard-Trained Doctor Confirms: “A Baby’s Heart is Actively Beating at Six Weeks”

By Mallory Carroll,

Stacey Abrams (US Georgia gubernatorial candidate) incorrectly claimed earlier this week that “there is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” seeming to ignore scientific consensus based on published, validated, objective, biological investigation.

Dr. Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., who studied heart development at Harvard Medical School and serves as Director of Life Sciences at Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), responded:

“One wonders if Ms. Abrams was absent the day her health class covered human development?  Even now, all it takes is one quick search of the public database of scientific and embryology research to confirm that the heart is the first functioning organ in a developing human being, with the first heartbeat just 22 days after fertilization.

“A baby’s heart is actively beating at six weeks gestation and will have already beat nearly 16 million times by 15 weeks.  In fact, at six weeks, when Stacey Abrams says a heartbeat doesn’t exist, that baby’s heart is actually beating at about 110 beats per minute (bpm).

“Most American parents have seen their baby’s beating heart during prenatal ultrasound and discussed it with their obstetrician.  The mainstream media can perform Olympic-level semantics gymnastics all they want, but most Americans instinctively understand that a developing human organ which beats rhythmically and pumps blood throughout the body is, in fact, a heart.”

The peer-reviewed science on babies at 6 weeks’ gestation includes:

  • The heart is actively beating at 6 weeks.  Between fertilization and birth, the baby’s heart will beat approximately 54 million times.
  • The baby’s average heart rate is 110 BPM.  This will rise to 159 bpm by 8.0 weeks’ gestation.
  • The presence of a heartbeat at 6-8 weeks’ gestation correlates with a live birth rate of 98% in normal pregnancies without intervention.
  • The brain has divided into three primary sections responsible for sensing and decision-making, moving and tracking objects, and vital body functions.
  • Eyes, ears, and nose start forming.

Dr. Sander Lee, who has also directed a medical college research lab studying congenital heart disease in children, is lead editor of VoyageOfLife.com, which details what science says about unborn babies at each week of prenatal development.

Gestational age, which is calculated based on a woman’s last menstrual period, is the most commonly used measurement of pregnancy.  22 days post-fertilization equates to 6 weeks’ gestation.

 

Source: https://www.lifenews.com

Why Orwell Matters

Spiked |  Sept. 17, 2022

This view of Orwell is not wrong, but it can miss something. For Orwell was concerned above all about the particular threat posed by totalitarianism to words and language. He was concerned about the threat it posed to our ability to think and speak freely and truthfully. About the threat it posed to our freedom.

He saw, clearly and vividly, that to lose control of words is to lose control of meaning. That is what frightened him about the totalitarianism of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia – these regimes wanted to control the very linguistic substance of thought itself.

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