From Massacre to Militia: The Case Against Palestinian Disarmament in Lebanon

Kanafani, Marwan; Schiffrin, Elizabeth
March 2006
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Mar2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p38
The article focuses on the disarmament of Palestinian militant groups in Lebanon. Militant groups like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP GC) have sprouted as a result of the crushing defeat of Arab armies at the hand of Israel. Even though the United Nations has called for the disarmament of these militant groups, they have said that the PFLP GC will remain armed until the Palestinian refugees currently living in Lebanon are allowed to return to a Palestinian state. According to some experts, the current U.S. focus on Palestinian disarmament is a political tactic rather than an attempt to address a real threat.


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