The Sabra and Shatila massacre took place in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon between September 16 and September 18, 1982, during the Lebanese civil war. Palestinian and Lebanesecivilians were massacred in the camps by Christian Lebanese Phalangists while the camp was surrounded by the Israel Defense Force.
Israeli forces enabled the entrance of the angry Kataeb Party group to the refugee camps, by providing them transportation from outside Beirut and firing illuminating flares over the camps.
Waltz With Bashir is a really good movie to watch. It’s an animated movie from an Israeli director who realised he had no memory of the time he’d spent in the IDF. He went round and interviewed the people he’d served with, turning their recollections into animations. Some bizarre, some less so, until the end when he was serving at the time of Sabra and Shatila, sending up flares because he’d been ordered to but with no idea why. Then the animation fades into real footage of the destruction caused and you realise the gravity of the rest of the movie, no longer dissociated from it by the animated format.