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CLIP 10215

Sabra and Shatila Massacres (1982)

Sabra and Shatila Massacres (1982)
Key Info
  • Sabra and Shatila Massacres (1982)
  • Duration: 03:33
  • The Israeli invasion of Lebanon (1982) was intended to locate and expel the PLO. The invasion changed the intensity of conflict, argument and distress between Jews and Arab in the region. Whilst the PLO were now fast becoming a more credible negotiating partner, the massacre of innocents in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982 by Christians Falangists altered the feeling and trust between the two sides in the search for a peace protocol. There were angry scenes in the Knesset, Israel's parliament and Sharon was forced to explain his actions to a packed Knesset. Expert commentary is provided by Amram Mitzna, Yezid Sayigh and journalist Robert Fisk.
  • Credits: ITN Source/Reuters, United Nations Television, Israel Broadcast Authority, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Subject:



    The Middle East from the 1880s

  • Keywords: Arafat, Ariel Sharon, Israel, Sabra, Shatila, Lebanon, massacre, falagists, PLO, Palestininan Liberation Organisation
Ideas for use in class
  • Students should watch the clip and draw a diagram of the argument provided by the expert commentartors. Make note of the evidence they cite to support their views and also note the comments that are unsupported. Who has the stronger argument? Then research the topic to find further 'proofs' for each opinion.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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