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Sabra and Shatila

Sabra and Shatila

September 1982

by Bayan Nuwayhed Al-Hout

An attempt to make sense of what happened during the the Sabra and Shatila massacre, based upon interviews with victims.
Now available for the first time in English, this classic book is the most comprehensive, authoritative account of the Sabra and Shatila massacre and what happened and who was responsible.

Taking place over three bloody days in the Lebanese capital Beirut, the Sabra and Shatila massacre was committed against Palestinian refugees by Lebanese militias, aided and supervised by the Israeli Army, which had encircled the district. Driven by the horror of what occurred, author Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout, interviewed survivors and set up an oral history project immediately after the massacre to preserve testimonies.

Containing interviews with the victims families, in addition to statistical data and attempts to determine the number of victims, this book is a courageous attempt to make sense of what happened and an important political document in its own right.

Bayan Nuwayhed Al-Hout was born in Jerusalem. Following the 1948 war, her family moved to live in Amman, then returned to her parents’ homeland of Lebanon in the late 1950s, where she gained a Ph.D. in political science from the Lebanese University. From 1979 on, she joined the academic staff of the same university, and dedicated herself to historical/political writings, mainly on the Palestine Question. She has published several books, and dozens of articles and essays.

Part 1: Testimonies And Accounts
1. The Place And The Residents: Between The Emigrations Of 1948 And 1982
2. The Israeli Army Encircles The District
3. Friday, September 17, 1982
4. Saturday, September 18, 1982
5. The Killer And The Victim
Part 2: Statistics And Comparisons
1. Field Study, Spring 1984
2. Counting The Victims
Conclusion: Who Was Responsible?
Published by Pluto Press in Aug 2004
Paperback ISBN: 9780745323022

560 pages

170mm x 240mm