wrote in his biographical profile of Yasser Arafat, The Broken Revolutionary
"When Arafat needed martyrs in 1976, he called for a truce around the
besieged refugee camp of Tel el-Zaatar, then ordered his commanders in
the camp to fire at their right-wing Lebanese Christian enemies. When,
as a result, the Phalangists and "Tigers" militia slaughtered their way
into Tel el-Zaatar, Arafat opened a "martyrs' village" for camp widows
in the sacked Christian village of Damour. On his first visit, the
widows pelted him with stones and rotten fruit. Journalists were ordered
away at gunpoint."
In an L.A. Weekly
interview published May 30, 2002, Fisk recalls "Arafat is a very
immoral person, or maybe very amoral. A very cynical man. I remember
when the Tal-al-Zaatar refugee camp in Beirut had to surrender to
Christian forces in the very brutal Lebanese civil war. They were given
permission to surrender with a cease-fire. But at the last moment,
Arafat told his men to open fire on the Christian forces who were coming
to accept the surrender. I think Arafat wanted more Palestinian
"martyrs" in order to publicize the Palestinian position in the war.
That was in 1976. Believe me that Arafat is not a changed man."
The PLO used the former Christian town of Damour
to house survivors of the Tel al-Zaatar massacre.
Damour, a Christian town on the main highway south of Beirut, had been the site of a massacre
by PLO military units on January 20, 1976. The populace not killed in the massacre had been forced to flee the town.
""The Palestinian refugee
camps in Lebanon are considered the worst of the region’s refugee camps
in terms of poverty, health, education and living conditions," said the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) in a report released on World Refugee Day. ANERA cites discrimination, isolation, poverty, joblessness, poor housing
and a lack of proper schools, clinics, hospitals and sewage systems as problems
affecting Palestinian refugees
in Lebanon. "Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestinian refugees living in
extreme poverty. Two out of three Palestinian refugees subsist on less than $6 a
day," the report said."
The article quoted concludes with this interesting sentiment:
"We thank Lebanon for hosting us
through all these years, but I don't understand why we need to be
deprived of all our rights," said 43-year-old Ziad Shtewi."
This gratitude expressed, despite the genuine apartheid imposed on these "refugees" by the Arab nations and in complicity with the UN through its UNRWA, and despite Lebanese state violence against them:
":ANERA's report was released days after three Palestinians were killed in
three separate clashes with the Lebanese army -- two in Nahr al-Bared
camp in north Lebanon, and one in Ain al-Hilweh near the southern port city of Saida."
This situation is treated with almost total quietism from the usual bleeding heart European Leftists. Why? Because there are no Jews involved, not even on the periphery of the events.