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Zeina Azzam

The Palestinians in Lebanon: Remembering the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

[Shatila art from the perimeter of the commemoration area. Image from the author.]

What can we say to their families who left with Arafat, trusting in the promises of Reagan, Mitterrand, and Perini, who had assured them that the civilian population of the camps would be safe? How can we explain that we allowed children, old people and women to be massacred, and that we are abandoning their bodies without prayers? How can we tell them that we don't know where they are buried? —Jean Genet, “Four Hours in Chatila.”[1] Fawziyyeh[2] clutched an unframed, ...

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Zeina Azzam participated in the 30th anniversary commemorations of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon in September 2012. She is Director of Educational Outreach at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. An educator, editor, and poet, she holds an MA is sociology and is currently completing an MA in Arabic literature.