A Massacre Foretold
Hadashot, March 19, 1993
By Aharon Klein (transl. from Hebrew by Israel Shahak)
Al-Khiam was the first [Lebanese] town occupied by Golani’s first breakthrough battalion in the Litani operation, on March. It was 15 years ago. They were told that they will find terrorists there, but the latter had already escaped to the north. But there were Lebanese civilians in the town, who had chosen to remain. They made a mistake; soldiers from Major Sa’ad Hadad’s militia (1) have simply slaughtered all of them.
The first part of the massacre took place right under the nose of the occupying Israeli army, when Hadad’s forces left some 40 corpses in the town’s streets in between half an hour and an hour. After the withdrawal of the Golani, most of the remaining were ‘murdered too. It is difficult to estimate how many Lebanese civilians were slaughtered at al-Khiam, but by crossing pieces of information and testimonies, it turns out that it was an earlier and somewhat smaller version of Sabra and Shatilla. The Defense minister was Ezer Weitzman (now President of Israel)