At the beginning of the civil war, Pierre Gemayyel once told a group of European reporters that where Sabra and Shatilah stood, once there was a wonderful pine-tree park and that his Kata’ib forces would restore that park, once the Palestinian “squatters” were removed. Then again, about ten years ago, Walid Jumblatt – owner of the largest Lebanese cement factory – proposed to relocate the Palestinian refugees “squatting” on valuable real estate at the sea-coast and inside Beirut to the internal areas, into a remote valley in the mountains, where he would “graciously” build for them a big new concrete camp (with money from international donors).
As to the whole picture, my suspicion regarding the Nahr al-Bared is growing ever greater, the more this event unfolds into a nightmare, with tens of thousands still holed up inside the Nahr al-Bared camp and the Lebanese artillery shelling it mercilessly, repeating the Israeli mantra “we’ll do our utmost to avoid excessive civilian casualties ….”Susanne Scheidt is the coordinator of the Italian branch of Al-Awda, and activist for Palestinian rights. Translated from Italian by Mary Rizzo, member of Tlaxcala, network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation is on Copyleft and may be reprinted as long as the author, source and translator are cited and the content remains unchanged.