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Jonathan Randal had a long and distinguished career in journalism, culminating in a 29-year stint as the Washington Post's senior foreign correspondent. In 1974, as someone who had already covered numerous wars around the world, he became intrigued with the activities of Lebanon's rightwing Phalangist Party militia, and he stayed in Lebanon to cover the civil war that started there in 1975. He was still there in 1982 when Israel launched a large-scale invasion of the country-- working closely with its Phalangist allies. In September 1982, Israeli forces organized the deployment of Phalangist fighters into the undefended Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut's Sabra and Shatila neighborhoods where they massacred hundreds of civilians-- events that featured in the recent Israeli graphic movie, Waltz With Bashir. In 1983, Jon Randal wrote a book about the Phalangists' rise and activities that was rapidly recognized as a classic. To mark the 30th anniversary of Sabra and Shatila, Just World Books is re-issuing the book under the title The Tragedy of Lebanon: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventurers, and American Bunglers, with a reflective, all-new Preface.
Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). In 2001 she cofounded and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the global peace movement. She continues to serve as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. Her books include Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis (2003); Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer (2010); and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (updated edition 2012).