Event #576 Israel dumps 415 Palestinians in Lebanon Date: Thursday, 17 Dec 1992
Yitzhak Rabin dumped 415 Hamas activists in the Lebanon. Rafik al-Hariri, the Lebanese PM, refused to let them into Lebanese-controlled territory, saying that he would not allow Israel to use Lebanon as a dumping-ground.
For a detailed report on the sequence of events leading to the mass expulsion and the legal implications, see: Angela Gaff, An Illusion of Legality: A Legal Analysis of Israel's Mass Deportationof Palestinians on 17 December 1992, Al Haq, 1993. The sequence of events described in the first section is certainly worth reading; it demonstrates the typical Israeli mean-spiritedness and callousnes (if further proof were needed).
Observation about the incorrect use of the word "deportation" when referring to the people dumped in Lebanon. The dictionary definition of "deportation" is the banishment of an undesirable person to their native land. Given that Palestinians are natives, thus legal residents, their expulsion is an imposed exile. Furthermore, the term deportation implies that the Israelis are just pursuing legal procedures. The dubious nature of the appeals process – or complete lack thereof – and the simultaneous demolition of the victims' homes contravene the Geneva Conventions. The correct term should be "exile" or "banishment", or more generally, "expulsion".
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