Abbas is scheduled to visit Shatila camp, where he will pay respects at its infamous massacre memorial.
As a reporter, I’ve visited the camp several times, as recently last week. I can tell you that despite all these official trips, people in Shatila live in absolute filth and squalor. The streets are caked in garbage and the fumes from open sewers make you want to puke when walking by.
Wouldn’t all this money spent on honor guards, red carpets and flag hoisting be better spent on people who are actually living in sewage and barely have enough money to eat?