This thread grew out of a discussion with G-Man in the Israeli security Cabinet will work to 'remove' Arafat thread. G-Man contended that there was no evidence indicating that Israeli troops knew about or observed the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon on September 16-18, 1982. Between 450-1000 Palestinean civilians were killed by Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia. The following is an excerpt from Thomas Friedmans book From Beirut to Jerusalem. Mr. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and columnist for the New York Times. In 1982 he was the Times correspondent in Beirut and was present in the city at the time of the massacre. I have edited the passage down to the relevant sections, but have not altered any of Mr. Friedmans words.