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On May 14 1948 British troops that were occupying portions of Palestine withdrew from the territory As Britain withdrew from Palestine they handed the land over to the Zionists to create Israel Upon creation of the State of Israel thousands of Palestinians were driven from their homes to make room for the Jews who were immigrating into the State Many of the Palestinians fled to Lebanon to make new homes and start a new life Soon after the formation of Israel war broke out between the Palestinians and the Israelis The war lasted about 8 months and an armistice agreement was negotiated between January and July of 1949 For the next twenty years tension would continue to rise between the two nations Palestinians and Israelis committed numerous terrorist acts against each other until 1968 In 1968 Israel made its first significant incursion into Lebanon On April 21 1968 Israel blew up 13 airplanes at Beirut airport Barrett The Israelis justification for the Beirut airport bombing was repayment for the Lebanese trained Palestinian civilians who had made an attack in Athens For the next ten years there were numerous small terrorist acts from both countries Then in March 1978 Israel launched the first of four major attacks on southern Lebanon The attacks have set up an Israeli zone of occupation a security zone in southern Lebanon that is still present today The Israeli occupation and the attack on southern Lebanon has never been legitimately justified The first major Israeli incursion into south Lebanon came on March 14 1978 The military action was named Operation Litany The Israeli army attacked PLO positions that were in south Lebanon As the Israelis moved through southern Lebanon they occupied a 6-mile strip of land The Israelis killed 1500 people who were Lebanese and Palestinian civilians The Israelis attempted to justify the killing of 1500 civilians and the occupation of Lebanon because PLO backed guerillas had
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