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A Jewish Survivor of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre on a Lifetime of Activism

Ellen Siegel at AJPA interview on Sept. 7, 2014 with her cat Dartanian, who was rescued from Lebanon.
Ellen Siegel was working in the hospital in Sabra during the massacre. Initially, many people in the camps ran to the hospital seeking safety and shelter, injured with bullet wounds. As the violence spread and panic broke out, most of the patients inside the hospital fled, leaving behind only “the critically ill who couldn’t move.” The hospital staff hid them in the basement. Siegel recalls taping up the windows so explosions wouldn’t shatter the glass. The next morning, the volunteer international staff were told to go to the ground floor of the hospital. Militants, who Siegel recognized as Phalange from the Arabic on their uniforms, were waiting for them. When an Arab staff member of the hospital attempted to join the group of mostly Northern European, white volunteers, the soldiers shot and killed him.
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5 thoughts on “A Jewish Survivor of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre on a Lifetime of Activism

  1. The Help’s representation of these women is a disappointing resurrection of Mammy – a mythical stereotype of
    black women who were compelled, either by slavery or segregation, to serve white families..
    Both versions of The Help also misrepresent African American speech and culture.

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